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Medal of Honour for Italian Volunteers of the War of 1915-1918, miniature (Distinivo d’Onore per gli ex Irredenti Italiani Volontari di Guerra, 1915-1918, miniatura)
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Medal of Honour for Italian Volunteers of the War of 1915-1918, miniature (Distinivo d’Onore per gli ex Irredenti Italiani Volontari di Guerra, 1915-1918, miniatura)
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Miniature circular bronze medal with integral ribbon bar; the face with a laurel-crowned female head facing right with castellated crown, circumscribed ‘PER L’ITALIA’ (for Italy); the reverse with the full length figure of a warrior, a shield in his left hand, his right arm outstretched holding a sword, a female figure beyond, clutching his arm, circumscribed ‘VOLONTARI DI GUERRA MXMXV-MCMXVIII’ (Volunteers of the War 1915-1918); diameter 17.9mm (0.7 inch); on possibly original correct ribbon. The medal was instituted by Royal Decree 1626 on 16 October 1921 for those who volunteered for service in World War I which was regarded by many in Italy as the final phase of the Risorgimento (the unification of Italy) begun in 1848. A good example.

 
Medal of Honour for Italian Volunteers of the War of 1915-1918, miniature (Distinivo d’Onore per gli ex Irredenti Italiani Volontari di Guerra, 1915-1918, miniatura)
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Medal of Honour for Italian Volunteers of the War of 1915-1918, miniature (Distinivo d’Onore per gli ex Irredenti Italiani Volontari di Guerra, 1915-1918, miniatura)
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Medal of Honour for Italian Volunteers of the War of 1915-1918, miniature (Distinivo d’Onore per gli ex Irredenti Italiani Volontari di Guerra, 1915-1918, miniatura)
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