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15th Alpini Regiment

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15th Alpini Regiment
15° Reggimento Alpini
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Coat of Arms of the 15th Alpini Regiment
Active10 Oct. 1992 - 11 Nov. 1995[1]
BranchItalian Army
RoleMountain Infantry
Size1 Battalion
"Cividale" Battalion
Part ofJulia Alpine Brigade
1992 - 1995
Garrison/HQChiusaforte (UD)
Motto(s)"Fuarce Cividat"[1]
Anniversaries5 January 1943 - Battle of Novo Kalitva[1]
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1x Military Order of Italy
2x Gold Medals of Military Valour
1x Bronze Medal of Military Valour
1x Silver Medal of Army Valour
1x Gold Cross of Army Merit[1]
Alpini gorget patches

The 15th Alpini Regiment (Italian: 15° Reggimento Alpini) was a short lived (1992–1995) 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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The regiment was created 10 October 1992 by elevating the existing Alpini Battalion "Cividale" to regiment. Between 1 October 1909 and 30 September 1975 the battalion was one of the battalions of the 8th Alpini Regiment. After the 8th Alpini Regiment was disbanded during the 1975 Italian Army reform the battalion, based in Chiusaforte, became one the battalions of the Alpine Brigade "Julia". As the traditions and war flag of the 8th Alpini Regiment were assigned to the "Gemona" battalion, the Cividale battalion was granted a new war flag on 12 November 1976 by decree 846 of the President of the Italian Republic Giovanni Leone.[2] The two Gold Medals of Military Valour awarded to the 8th Alpini Regiment, were duplicated for the new flag of the Cividale battalion, and the Bronze Medal of Military Valour awarded to the Cividale battalion for its conduct during the battle for Monte Cimone on 23-26 May 1916 was transferred from the flag of the 8th Alpini to the Cividale's flag.[3]

For its conduct and work after the 1976 Friuli earthquake the battalion was awarded a Silver Medal of Army Valour, which was affixed to the battalion's war flag and added to the battalion's coat of arms.[4]

In 1993 the regiment participated in the United Nations Operation in Mozambique for which it was awarded a 1x Gold Cross of Army Merit, but with the downsizing of the Italian Army after the end of the Cold War the regiment was disbanded on 11 November 1995.[1]


When the regiment was disbanded it had the following structure:

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    Regimental Command
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      Command and Logistic Support Company
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      Alpini Battalion "Cividale"
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        16th Alpini Company
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        20th Alpini Company
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        76th Alpini Company
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        115th Mortar Company

External links


  • Franco dell'Uomo, Rodolfo Puletti: L'Esercito Italiano verso il 2000 - Volume Primo - Tomo I, Rome 1998, Stato Maggiore dell'Esercito - Ufficio Storico, page: 508


  1. ^ a b c d e "Le Feste dei Reparti - Gennaio". Italian Army. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Decreto del Presidente della Repubblica 12 novembre 1976, n. 846". Quirinale - Presidenza della Repubblica. Retrieved 7 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Decorazioni alla Bandiera di Guerra del battaglione Cividale". Battaglione Cividale. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  4. ^ "Battaglione Alpini "Cividale"". Quirinale - Presidenza della Repubblica. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
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