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Original WWII Italian Officer Bustina Field Cap - 17th Infantry Division

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Original Item: Only One Available. The "Bustina" field cap was originally introduced in 1933 and was worn by both Army and Fascist militia personnel, with minor variations.

This green grey wool field cap features fold down side panels are held together over the crown of the cap by two corresponding hidden snaps. The front visor is in the upright position. To the front is a very fine embroidered gold bullion on dark green felt background Italian Army cap insignia for the 17th Infantry Division. Also, on the left side is embroidered gold bullion rank badge of one star denoting the rank of Lieutenant.

The interior is fully lined in a cream rayon/silk with a wide leather sweatband. Maker name VERGELLI of BERGAMO with logo printed on lining. Size is approximately US 6 3/4 (54cm).

The 17th Infantry Division "Pavia" (Italian: 17ª Divisione di fanteria "Pavia") was an infantry division of the Royal Italian Army during World War II. The Pavia was formed in on 27 April 1939 and named after the city of Pavia. The Pavia was classified as an auto-transportable division, meaning staff and equipment could be transported on cars and trucks, although not simultaneously. The Pavia had its recruiting area and regimental depots in the Romagna and its headquarters in Ravenna. Its two infantry regiments were based in Cesena (27th) and Ravenna (28th), with the division's artillery regiment based in Ravenna. Shortly after its formation the division was sent to Sabratha in Italian Libya. It participated in the Western Desert campaign and was destroyed during the Second Battle of El Alamein.

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