Italian Military Records of the Great War

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Italian Military Records of the Great War

Postby rpaolini » 12 Jun 2007, 19:56

My uncle was born in Napoli in 1897. He immigrated to America with his family when he was nine years old in 1906. In 1915, he joined the Italian army, and captured by the Austrians in the Battle of Caporetto. He spent the remainder of the war in a prison camp.

He returned to the United States on 5 Jan 1921. Having had his identification papers taken from him, he spent two years in Italy until his identify could be verified and allowed to return to the U.S.

His parents were originally from a small town in the Abruzzo: Popoli, Pescara.

My question is: where would his military records be?

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Re: Italian Military Records of the Great War

Postby drovedo » 22 Jun 2007, 10:28

There are two military records to request: the Draft Record or conscription record (Registro di leva) and the actual record of service --discharge papers (foglio matricolare). You may obtain these by writing to the Distretti Militari, Ufficio leva, or to the Archivio di Stato who will forward it to the Distretti Militari.

The addresses for all Distretti Militari in Italy are listed on this page: ... litari.htm

Note: Argentina and Brazil, besides the US and Canada had the largest Italian emigration in the Western Hemisphere.

Hope this helps.

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