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Italian AL Valore Militare - colonial issue in silver for Libya - 9th Eritrean Battalion

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I made a new topic about Dewitt. Does anyone know if there is a unit history of the 9th Eritrean battalion?

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Jackpot! Found his citation for the Al Valore Militare in Silver. It reads:

Barachi, Cassa

da Emberti (Hamasen)

Ascari

9th Battaglione Indigeni Eritrei,

No 19473 matricola

" In a furious counter-attack by the battalion with bayonets, he distinguished himself among the first in audacity and courage, falling victim to his duty."

So a casualty on top of it all.

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That is absolutely fantastic you really hit the jackpot there, so even more fantastic medal than before.

Paul

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It is MOST interesting that the medals for native troops would have been listed on the Bollettino Ufficiale!

The almost complete lists, as seen, are available on the Nastro Azzurro's webpage.

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I have decided to sell this medal. I enjoy it but it is not really my main area of interest. Its a lot of value tied up in something I could put to better use elsewhere. It is currently listed on ebay.it

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P.S. I've included two original postcards with the listing I picked up recently. both depict the battle of zuetina. casa barachi earned his medal for leading a bayonet charge. no way of proving it but he may be depicted in the postcards.

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BARACHI Cassa, from Emberti (Hamasen), ascari 9th batallion Eritrean native troops, n° 19441.

"In a furious batallion's bayonet counter attack, they distinguished themselves as first (can also be translated with " amongst the first") for audaciousness and courage, falling victims of their duty.

Zuetina, 12 March 1914

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