Original Italian WWII M.V.S.N. Fascist Militia Banner Flag Eagle Insignia
Original Item: Only One Available. The Milizia Volontaria per la Sicurezza NSDAPonale (MVSN, "Voluntary Militia for National Security"), commonly called the Blackshirts, was originally the paramilitary wing of the National Fascist Party and, after 1923, an all-volunteer militia of the Kingdom of Italy under Fascist rule. Its members were distinguished by their black uniforms (modelled on those of the Arditi, Italy's elite troops of World War I) and their loyalty to Benito Mussolini, the Duce (leader) of Fascism, to whom they swore an oath. The founders of the paramilitary groups were nationalist intellectuals, former army officers and young landowners opposing peasants' and country laborers' unions. Their methods became harsher as Mussolini's power grew, and they used violence and intimidation against Mussolini's opponents. In 1943, following the fall of the Fascist regime, the MVSN was integrated into the Royal Italian Army and disbanded.
Brought back by a USGI after WWII, this is a very good condition MVSN insignia, intended to be sewn onto a banner or flag. It shows the Fascist Eagle resting on the Fascist logo of the famous bound axe and rods, the "Fasces". The insignia shows no signs of having been sewn onto a flag, and just has wear from age and having been folded, most likely when it was captured and brought back to the U.S.. It measures approximately 12 1/2"W X 15"H.
A wonderful very hard to find flag insignia, perfect for any Italian World War Two collection.
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