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Article about: I'm trying to understand the system for identifying units on headgear (visors, bustina, sun helmets) and I haven't had much luck with searching the web. When you see an officer cap with fant

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    I'm trying to understand the system for identifying units on headgear (visors, bustina, sun helmets) and I haven't had much luck with searching the web. When you see an officer cap with fanteria insigna on it with a number, let's say 61, is the number a regimental number or a division number?
    Thanks in advance for any help or insight.

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    Rgt number (also on helmet’s stencil)

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    Thank you. Would that be the same for Artillery, and other branches?

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    Yes. Generally speaking, service branches (supply, medical) didn't have numerals, while Alpini, bersaglieri, artillery, etc. did.

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    Thank you again, ziomanno.

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    Ziomanno, am I correct in thinking that the numbers were soon omitted in wartime, for security reasons?

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    Hi Kohima; actually not, the rgt numbering on headgear insignias was still in use throughout the war.

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