Italian WW2 AOI Badge???

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Italian WW2 AOI Badge???

Post by capt.SA » 06 Jun 2019 09:28

Hello saw this badge on bidorbuy.co.za for sale and wanted to know what it was issued for. I have never seen this before?
https://www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/4177207 ... meter.html

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Re: Italian WW2 AOI Badge???

Post by jwsleser » 07 Jun 2019 13:31

I can't offer much. From the little research I was able to do, it appears legit. As for what it represents, I have no idea. The Italians produced many commemorative and private organization medals and pins that knowing which are 'official' is a challenge (as I believe you already understand). It doesn't look like any R.E. pin I have seen, but I am sure I haven't seen them all.

I would guess colonial office or a political pin, but that is only a guess.

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Re: Italian WW2 AOI Badge???

Post by Waleed Y. Majeed » 07 Jun 2019 15:30

Could it be as Jeff said colonial, making it the “Africa Orientale Italiana”?

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Re: Italian WW2 AOI Badge???

Post by jwsleser » 07 Jun 2019 16:09

It is certainly Africa Orientale Italiana (A.O.I.).

What I don't know is whether it was a pin struck for the Colonial Office for some purpose, or whether it is a party/group/association pin struck for some organization in/involved with the A.O.I.

As it lacks a number or some other designation, I feel it is unlikely to be an unauthorized commemorative military pin. It also lacks any insignia indicating an authorized party affiliation (PNF, OND, etc.). Stefano Johnson made pins/medals for a wide range of organizations, including religious and social groups.

Nothing I have stated above is hard and fast. I have learned over time that nothing involving Italy is simple and straightforward. The color scheme and the eagle point to a political or nationalistic raison d'être for this pin. But that is speculation.

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Re: Italian WW2 AOI Badge???

Post by zaptiè » 14 Jun 2019 09:17

It is a badge per indigenous noble.
There wherw 8 ranks: the n. 1 was Ras or Sultan( like a prince), n. 8 was viilage chief. This one was n. 4.

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Re: Italian WW2 AOI Badge???

Post by zaptiè » 14 Jun 2019 09:20

Correction: for indigenous noble, not"per"( it's italian, sorry)

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Re: Italian WW2 AOI Badge???

Post by jwsleser » 17 Jun 2019 18:46

Excellent! Is there a webpage with info on these badges, or was the info from a book?

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Re: Italian WW2 AOI Badge???

Post by zaptiè » 19 Jun 2019 08:18

No is a " terra incognita", but i have found a regolament.....( and collect 6 of 8 badge....)

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Re: Italian WW2 AOI Badge???

Post by DrG » 19 Jun 2019 22:04

Zaptiè, it's very interesting. May you post here the scan of the regulation and a photo of your collection of badges, please?

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