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W.W.1 Father and Son grouping comprising of the followings:

Maggiore Giuseppe Governale (Father)

  • Born: 16/03/1868 Palarmo, Italy
  • Kill in action: 20/11/1916 Avalanche at Malga Fieno, Alps
  • Commanding Officer of the 208th Battaglione Milizia Territoriale


  • Al Valore Militare silver medal. Engraved on its back ‘Giuseppe Governale Alpe DI Cosmagnon – 9 Ottober – 20 Novembre 1916’
  • Al Valore Militare Silver medal original award document measuring 25cm by 37mm, issued by the Ministero Della Guerra. Named to ‘Maggiore 208 Battaglione  Milizia Territoriale Governale cav. Giuseppe da Palermo’
  • Al Valore Militare Ministero della Guerra citation, hand written
  • Unit Commendation (Encomio) September – October 1916 from the Commanding Officer of the 44th Infantry Division. Hand written
  • Unit Commendation (Encomio) September – October 1916 from the Commanding Officer of the 44th Infantry Division. Typed
  • Military Service file (Stato Di Service)
  • Original period photo of Maggiore Giuseppe Governale measuring 125mm by 175mm with on the bottom 2 medal ribbon bar. They are for the Al Valore Militare, the Order of the Crown, the War Merit Cross, the War medal 1915-1918, the Unity Medal 1848-1918, and the Medal Allied Victory
  • Visor cap (Berretto) Model 1903 for the rank of Maggiore
  • Visor cap (Berretto) Model 1909 for the rank of Major
  • Dress shoulder boards for the rank Lieutenant (Spalline da Tenente di Infantria)

Capitano Vincenzo Governale (Son)

  • Born: 27/05/1894 Palarmo
  • Died: ?
  • Commanding Officer of the 214th Machine Gun Company


  • Second Lieutenant (Sottotenente) promotion document measuring 25cm by 38cm dated 15/08/1915
  • Commendation (Encomio) dated 17/08/1918
  • Recommendation for the Commendation (Encomio) hand written
  • Recommendation for the Commendation (Encomio) typed
  • War Merit Cross medal with its named presentation document measuring 25 by 37cm
  • Allied Victory medal named presentation document measuring 20cm by 32cm (no medal)
  • Africa Orientale (Eritrea) medal with its named presentation document measuring 26cm by 37cm
  • Royal Italian Army (Regio Esercito Italiano) document in honor of a wound received in combat. Measuring 21cm by 30cm
  • Royal Italian Army (Regio Esercito Italiano) promotion document for the rank of Lieutenant (Tenente) and Captain (Capitano)
  • Military Service resume
  • Hand made map showing the position of the 214th Machine gun Company near the village of Valstagna and facing the Brenta river, dated 17/7/1918
  • Hand made map (Schizzo) showing the position of the 214th Machine gun Company east of the Valumbria
  • Original period photo of him with the rank of Sottotenete during W.W.1, measuring 18cm by 24cm
  • Original photo of him in Black Shirt uniform with Vicor Emmanuel dated 10/1934, measuring18cm by 24cm
  • Original photo of him in Black Shirt uniform with Vicor Emmanuel dated 10/1934, measuring 9cm by 14cm
  • Original photo of him in civilan clothes with a pistol holster on its belt, taken in Eritrea, measuring 9cm by 14cm
  • 2 Identity cards, dated 06/1919, 08/11/1928
  • 1 Veteran identity card dated 08/11/1925
  • Family Registry Status document, dated 19/08/1938
  • Much more post W.W.1 paper


  • All items were obtained here in Montreal from the Governale family. I am selling all as a group, nothing was added our replace. I am selling the Berretto Model 1903 with the plume on it as this is the way iI received it. $2000.00 NEW


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  • A nice  MVSN (Milizia Volontaria per la Sicurezza Nazionale) grouping consisiting of a Facist Campaign medal, two March on Rome medals both maker marked "FM Lioroli & Castelli Milano", a MVSN 10 years Long Service medal, a Mutilato per la Rivoluzione (Wounded for the Revolution) enameled badge which is maker marked "Castelli Cerosa Milano Roma" and numbered 870, two enemaled lapel badges for Volunteers who participated in taken power in October 1922, one is maker marked "Castelli Cerosa Milano" the other "L.A. Picchiani Firenze", 2 Dolorando Ardo enameled badges with two bars denoting wounded in action. With this grouping came 45 original period photos all measuring 11,7cm by 17 cm many showing an Officer with the same three medals grouping configuration. These photos are showing him and others parading and in front of the Exhibition of the Fascist Revolution (Mostra Della Rivoluzione Fascista). This grouping was obtained from a dealer who told they came from a family here in Montreal, Canada but unfortunately I was not able to get a name. Also obtained with this grouping a postcard showing Mussolini, 8 photos (postcard size) all of a ceremony held in Nurimburg 9-17 Lugio XVII, a nice photo measuring 11cm by 17cm of him and other Officers in uniform. All are in vg.+ $ 750.00


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