Italian Decima Flottiglia MAS sleeve shield
Made of zamak metal and worn on the left upper sleeve of Decima Flottiglia MAS troops loyal to the RSI regime during late 1943-1945. The shield was designed by painter Giovanni Fumagalli, based on an idea of Capitano di Corveta Salvatore Todaro, who, shortly before his death, had expressed the wish for the creation of a unit insignia expressing the notion that "death in combat is a sweet thing, like the perfume of a flower". Maker Bregonzio, Milano.
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