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8th Alpini Regiment

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8th Alpini Regiment

The 8th Alpini Regiment (Italian: 8° Reggimento Alpini) is a light Infantry regiment of the Italian Army, specializing in Mountain Combat. The Alpini are a mountain infantry corps of the Italian Army, that distinguished itself in combat during World War I and World War II.

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World War I

During World War I the regiment consisted of 10 battalions and saw heavy fighting in the Alps against Austria’s Kaiserjäger and Germany’s Alpenkorps. The battalions of the regiment in these days were (pre-war raised units in bold, followed by their first and second line reserve battalions):

  • Tolmezzo, Val Tagliamento, Monte Arvenis
  • Gemona, Val Fella, Monte Canin
  • Cividale, Val Natisone, Monte Matajur, Monte Nero
  • Current Structure

    The regiment is part of the Alpine Brigade Julia and based in the city of Cividale del Friuli.

  • Regimental Command
  • Command and Logistic Support Company
  • Alpini Battalion Tolmezzo
  • 6th Alpini Company "La Bella"
  • 12th Alpini Company "La Terribile"
  • 69th Alpini Company "La Fulmine"
  • 115th Mortar Company "La Tormenta"
  • 216th Anti-Tank Company "La Potente"
  • Equipment

    The Alpini companies are equipped with Bv 206S tracked all-terrain carriers, Puma 6x6 wheeled armored personnel carriers and Lince light multirole vehicles. The mortar company is equipped with 120mm mortars, while the anti-tank company fields Spike anti-tank guided missile systems.

    References

    8th Alpini Regiment Wikipedia


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