Surrounding the shield in blue enameled letters it states. (long version - Reggimento Regina Marina San Marco Battaglione A Bafile). Please see photos for overall condition and details.
Note there is a small chip off the red enameled shield and the horizontal safety-style pin on the reverse is bent but still functions. UPDATE The metal was tested from a portion of the helm and it appears it may be 10k gold. Please see last two photos for weight and test results. I did not increase the price as a result of this test.
In April 1941, at the beginning of operations against Yugoslavia, the Grado battalion and elements from the Bafile battalion occupied several Yugoslavian islands and ports. In June 1941, the Regimental HQ and the Bafile battalion were in Greece as garrison units on the Corinth Channel. In November 1941, a provisional 3rd battalion (some companies detached from the Bafile battalion) was formed for a scheduled amphibious operation in North Africa, but this operation was cancelled, and the battalion served as an infanty unit for the duration of its fighting in North Africa. In 1942, battalions Bafile and Grado underwent intense training for the scheduled Operazione C.
1942, together with the now-expanded Battaglione Paracadutisti Bn. P and the new Battaglione Nuotatori-Guastatori Mazzucchelli later named simply Bn. The 3rd battalion was still in North Africa, distinguishing itself on September 13th 14th 1942, while in defense of Tobruk harbor from a strong British raid.
The unit recieved its name Tobruk from these actions. 1942, after the Allied landings in Morocco and Algeria, the Bafile, Grado and 1 CCNN landing battalion occupied Corsica Esigenza C. 2, and were then moved to Tunisia with the Regimental HQ.
In 1943, the Tobruk battalion was destroyed while in Tunisia, and the Regimental HQ, the Bafile and Grado battalions surrendered with the rest of the Axis forces. The item "WWII Italian San Marco Royal Navy Regiment Bafile Battalion Badge 10k VERY RARE" is in sale since Thursday, March 11, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\Italy". The seller is "ausoak70" and is located in Westerville, Ohio. This item can be shipped to United States.