The meaning of initials C.V.V on a grave inscription

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The meaning of initials C.V.V on a grave inscription

Postby pozzbrog » 12 Jun 2016, 09:22

My great uncle was an Italian soldier during WW1 and his tombstone has the initials C.V.V after his name, I would like to know what they mean.

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Re: The meaning of initials C.V.V on a grave inscription

Postby mark04ox » 17 Jun 2016, 10:38

Did your great uncle die in the war, or after? If he died after 1922, could it actually be C.V.M. (Croce al valor militare)?

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Re: The meaning of initials C.V.V on a grave inscription

Postby PippoM » 17 Jun 2016, 10:43

It think it means "Cavaliere di Vittorio Veneto".
It was a honour given to all who fought at least 6 months in WWI

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ordine_di_Vittorio_Veneto
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Re: The meaning of initials C.V.V on a grave inscription

Postby pozzbrog » 17 Jun 2016, 11:26

Pippo and Mark

My great uncle survived the war, was a career soldier and came from the Veneto region so Cavaliere di Vittorio Veneto make sense.

Mystery solved.

Thank you so much for your replies

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Re: The meaning of initials C.V.V on a grave inscription

Postby PippoM » 18 Jun 2016, 18:30

You're welcome!
However, I want to make it clear that Vittorio Veneto is the place where Italian army got their greatest victory.
So the honour was not only for soldiers from Veneto, but for all Italian soldiers!
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Re: The meaning of initials C.V.V on a grave inscription

Postby pozzbrog » 19 Jun 2016, 05:23

Pippo, thanks for the clarification. I will have to research this victory, my grandparents were always telling me stories about the war and how they were so close to the front now I see why it was so important to them.

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Re: The meaning of initials C.V.V on a grave inscription

Postby DCPandaFan » 29 Jun 2016, 01:18

If you go the Wikipedia link PippoM provided, on the left margin "In altre lingue" you can select English and read the English version which is a little shorter. The Italian govt created this order of knights to honor the World War I vets who were still living in 1968 and had served 6 months during that war.
My gf was also un Cavaliere di Vittorio Veneto. I remember him going to the consulate for this honor a few years before he died, and we still have the patente and the 2 ribbons. This order is non-hereditary, and the last Cavaliere died in 2008 at 110 years old. The order of V.V. is now extinct and abolished by the Italian govt.
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Re: The meaning of initials C.V.V on a grave inscription

Postby pozzbrog » 29 Jun 2016, 02:02

Thank you DCPandaFan
Will advise my relatives of the significance of this award.

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Re: The meaning of initials C.V.V on a grave inscription

Postby kencwalker » 29 Jun 2016, 19:20

PippoM wrote:It think it means "Cavaliere di Vittorio Veneto".
It was a honour given to all who fought at least 6 months in WWI

Pippo, Thanks for sharing this info. I was not aware of the C.V.V. recognition.
My grandfather served in the Italian army during WWI. Unfortunately, he passed away in 1960, so was not eligible or recognized.
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