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Interesting 1935/1936 Amba Aradam Medal-16th Alpini Regimet?

Article about: I recently received this medal from a gentleman in Italy. We were working out a trade for some German items I had and he decided to throw this medal in with his offer. I am not a huge collec

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    Default Interesting 1935/1936 Amba Aradam Medal-16th Alpini Regimet?

    I recently received this medal from a gentleman in Italy. We were working out a trade for some German items I had and he decided to throw this medal in with his offer. I am not a huge collector of Italian militaria, and this medal is one of the few pieces I have. As such I know very little about these types of medals, and I was only able to locate one other one for sale online. When I researched the regiment I found that it was a relatively short-lived one, and that was really the extent of what I found.

    There is a space on the obverse of the medal for what would look to be a name, suggesting these could be personalized. I understand that Amba Aradam was a battle during the Second Italo-Abyssinian War that took place in February of 1936.

    If any knowledgeable collector would be able to give me some additional information about this medal I would be greatly appreciative. It is quite thin for a medal, and it would appear to be silver plate. I'll include some pictures as well as a copy of the wording on both sides of the medal. Thanks!

    The front reads:

    1848-49
    1855-1859-1860-1861
    1866-1870
    1913-14-1915-18
    1935-1936

    The rear reads:

    12-15 Febbraio 1936
    Amba Aradam
    Novara Palestro
    Sassari Redipvglia
    Polazzo
    Levani Saban

    I included a picture with a pen to give an idea of size.
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    Thats a commemorative medal of the 16th Infantry RGT "Savona", nothing related with Alpini here!
    I wont say that this RGT had a short life, as you can see all these dates and some places of these famous battles shown, are those of the major battles and campaigns in which the regiment participated, from the Italian independence campaigns of the second half of 800's , through bravely the WW1, and the war in AOI (italian oriental africa) of 1935-/1936, period in which this medal was coined!
    Those kind of not official medal could be made of silver for the officers, or in bronze, even silvered as in this case for the whole troop!
    The 16th Regiment with its division was dismounted in 1942 , when it was fightint in north africa for all the losses had.
    What would you like to know?
    Thats a nice medal, but almost no value!

    Cheers.

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    Thank you for the info and I must apologize for my lack of expertise in this area. I appreciate the help!

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