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ITALY Bronze AL VALORE MILITARE medal

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This AVM bronze medal has come my way and I Wonder if  the naming on the reverse is official or if it should rather be considered as"private". I thought they usually had ranks and units mentionned.

If it has a chance to be an officially named medal, I would be happy to have further détails about the significance of the mention around its reverse.

Thank you.

Veteran

P.S. Sorry ! I could not find how to post the picture on this message. Nor could I delete it.

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Hello,

I can say that your Bronze "Al Valore Militare" medal, is of the official type, as awarded by the Royal Italian Air Force (they weren't struck by the Royal Mint, but by a private firm: Pagani, Milano, thus, the lack of the "crowned-Z" mark.

The naming is also what I would expect to see on an officially awarded medal of this type. What is engraved around the laurel wreath, means "SKY OF THE WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN SEA - JULY 1941 - JANUARY 1942". The roman numerals mean the so-called "year of the fascist era" starting on Oct. 28th, 1922.

All the best,

Enzo

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Thank you very much, Enzo. It is good news.

I wonder if the numbers of such awards are known. Considering the heavy engagements of the Italian Air Force during WW2 when they had to support the expeditionnary force in Lybia and protect  the country itself against Allied raids, one would expect the AVM was earned by an significant number of fliers.

I am delighted and truly grateful.

Veteran

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Pietro Rindone was a Liutenant from Enna (Sicily) who received these awards:

Bronze Medal for Bravery, 1940 (for remaining over an enemy fleet 600 Km far away from his base as long as possible to give its location to the bombing planes - 21 jun 1940 western Mediterranean Sea)

Bronze Medal for bravery, 1942

War cross for bravery, 1942

War cross for bravery, 1944

Silver medal for bravery, 1946

Silever medal for bravery, 1951

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Hello Claudio,

Many thanks for this precious information. This airman certainly had remarkable service records. It would seem the bronze AVM I have is the second one you reported.

The late silver AVM in 1946 and 1951 are rather strange considering Italy was not at war anymore. Could they have been later awards for services during WW2?

I am most grateful and hope to return your favor some day. Until then, I am indebted to you.

Very best regards

Veteran

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