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#1 Heid the Ba'

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 11:24 AM

Is there a collective nickname for Italian soldiers along the lines of "Tommy" or "Poilu"?

I have never come accross one but my Italian is so rudimentary I may have seen one and not realised.

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 11:42 AM

All I can find is " Italians: Macaroni, Itie. " from HERE

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#3 Heid the Ba'

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 03:48 PM

I meant a term used by the Italian public for their soldiers.

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 05:58 PM

I meant a term used by the Italian public for their soldiers.


I thought so, but couldn't find anything. Martin Bennitt has posted an interesting link, that might be of use HERE

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 01:25 PM

Is there a collective nickname for Italian soldiers along the lines of "Tommy" or "Poilu"?

I have never come accross one but my Italian is so rudimentary I may have seen one and not realised.



The collective Italian name for infantry is 'Fanti' (plural).


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Posted 24 November 2010 - 04:05 PM

Singular fante.

#7 Terry_Reeves

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 04:15 PM

Try contacting forum member Pierluigi Sanzovo who will no doubt be able to provide the answer. By the way, Pierluigi has a very interesting project underway, perhaps we could support him.

http://1914-1918.inv...1

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Posted 09 December 2010 - 10:09 AM

Thanks for the info, apologies for the late reply but I haven't been about for a while.

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 08:58 PM

I hope to be able to reply you, mainly because I'm italian!!!:lol: :lol:
the corrispondent collective name to poilu or other one is MARMITTONI that mean the big pot in wich they cocked food (particularly SPAGHETTI)..
In tha famous mountain troops ALPINI there is two caratheristich nickname very common in use: BURBA that mean the young soldier enlisted few time ago and VECIO, on the counterside the experienced and long service soldier.
I hope to be usefull, excuse me for my english
Regards giacomo :rolleyes:

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Posted 26 August 2011 - 08:25 AM

Grazie Giacomo. Your english is fine, much better than my italian!

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Posted 26 August 2011 - 10:23 PM

I hope to be able to reply you, mainly because I'm italian!!!:lol: :lol:
the corrispondent collective name to poilu or other one is MARMITTONI that mean the big pot in wich they cocked food (particularly SPAGHETTI)..
In tha famous mountain troops ALPINI there is two caratheristich nickname very common in use: BURBA that mean the young soldier enlisted few time ago and VECIO, on the counterside the experienced and long service soldier.
I hope to be usefull, excuse me for my english
Regards giacomo :rolleyes:

Grazie, Giacomo. Benvenuto a Forum. Antony



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