The Carabinieri Reali (royal Carabinieri) were established on 13 luglio 1814 by decree of King Victor Emmanuel I of Sardinia-Piemont. They were to serve as paramilitary police when the gendarmeria francese withdrew from Piemont. From 1726 until the occupazione francese del Piemonte, the volunteer force of Dragoni di Sardegna had been in charge of police duty nel regno. They became the Reggimento Cavalleggeri di Sardegna in 1808.
The newly raised Carabiniere Reali consisted of foot e mounted detachments, serving as police officers, military police, e combat troops, they have since participated in all major campaigns of the Italian army. The Carabinieri had their baptism of fire at the Battle of Grenoble, 6 luglio 1815, when mounted Carabiniere charged the opposing armata francese e contributed to the victorious outcome of the engagment.
The 1:30 scale del Prado figure shown here, is a Carabinieri a piedi in summer dress, con white gaiters. Black gaiters were worn in winter.
Good choice of subject, the Carabinieri is perfectly posed for a diorama.
Apparently, the figure was packaged immediately after painting, e the wire holding the Carabinieri in its plastic tray left a deep grove in the soft paint on the upper left thigh.
The sabre e bayonet frog came off during shipping e damaged the paint on the left thigh ed arm.
The musket is badly twisted just below the Carabinieri’s hand.
A 6-page fold-out describes the history of the Carabinieri, including colour illustrations of soldiers, ufficiali, ed armi. The illustration on the cover page shows a Carabinieri con red stock, but the figure wears a white stock.
Compatible con 1:30 scale King & Country military e civilian miniatures.
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