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WWII Italian Pith Helmet. Does anyone know what the + stands for?

Article about: OK, last post of the day...promise....This is a pretty standard M 28 WWII Italian Pith Helmet with feathers. Insignia is Engineer/Sapper but not sure what the + may indicate. I've read it co

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    OK, last post of the day...promise....This is a pretty standard M 28 WWII Italian Pith Helmet with feathers. Insignia is Engineer/Sapper but not sure what the "+" may indicate. I've read it could mean the soldier was part of an "un-assigned" unit. But not even sure what that means.

    I've seen quite a few Italian insignia with the "+" so hopefully someone out there knows.

    Any help? Thanks!

    Size 60. No maker marks.

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    nice one.

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    Training School.
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    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Thanks Jerry B. Learn something new each day.

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    Quote by MAP View Post
    Thanks Jerry B. Learn something new each day.
    Your welcome.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Good looking pith helmet.

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    yes, thanks! A couple of small stains here and there. But all intact and feathers still holding up! Pics are too bright unfortunately

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    Nice pith in a great size.I thought only the Bersaglieri wore the cockeral plumes. Rich A. in Pa.
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    Rich,

    Double checked the Pith. Appears that the emblem has never been removed given the tarnish and age but you never know.....but not sure about the cockeral plumes. The Pith obviously has the slot to attach the plume. Would there be another type of feather?

    Here is a pic attributed to the Bersaglieri....

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    Not that I know of unless it is a black then it would be crow. All the piths have the slot for the nappina.Rich A. in Pa.
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