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Photo, Print, Drawing 23rd Umberto Regiment. 23o Cavalleggeri Umberto I

About this Item


  • 23rd Umberto Regiment.

Other Title

  • 23o Cavalleggeri Umberto I


  • This World War I postcard from Italy portrays a mounted soldier of the 23rd "Umberto" Cavalry Regiment of the Italian army. The card displays the insignia of the six squadrons in the regiment, identified with the cities of Saluzzo, Monferrato, Lucca, Caserta, Piacenza, and Padua. The 23rd was one of four regiments in the First Cavalry Brigade of the First Cavalry Division; the Second Brigade of the division had another three regiments. The regiment took its name from Umberto I (1844-1900), duke of Savoy and king of Italy. The 23rd Regiment was attached to the Eighth Corps of the Italian army. The Kingdom of Italy entered World War I on the side of the Triple Entente--Great Britain, France, and Russia--on April 26, 1915. Prior to the war, Italy was part of the Triple Alliance with Germany and Austria-Hungary, but it switched sides after Britain, France, and Russia promised it, in the secret Treaty of London concluded in April 1915, territorial acquisitions in Europe and a share of Germany's African empire in exchange for entering the war on the Allied side. In more than three years of fighting, chiefly on its northern border with Austria-Hungary, Italy lost more than 650,000 soldiers killed, 947,000 wounded, and 600,000 taken prisoner or missing in action. After the war, the Italians were bitterly disappointed by the meager gains they made at the Paris Peace Conference. Hard feelings toward their former Allies contributed to political instability in Italy, the rise to power of Benito Mussolini, and Italy's later alignment with Nazi Germany in World War II.


  • Salomone, Luigi, active 19th-20th century Lithographer.
  • Scarpelli, Tancredi, 1866-1937 Illustrator.

Created / Published

  • Rome : L. Salomone, [1915 to 1921]


  • -  Italy
  • -  1915 to 1921
  • -  Cavalry
  • -  Horses
  • -  Horses -- War use
  • -  Military officers
  • -  Military uniforms
  • -  Postcards
  • -  Umberto I, King of Italy, 1844-1900


  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  Original resource extent: 1 postcard ; 9 x 14 centimeters.
  • -  Reference extracted from World Digital Library: Andrea Baravelli, "Post-war Societies (Italy)," in 1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War, edited by Ute Daniel, Peter Gatrell, Oliver Janz, Heather Jones, Jennifer Keene, Alan Kramer, and Bill Nasson. External
  • -  Original resource at: Institute for the History of the Italian Risorgimento.
  • -  Content in Italian.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.


  • 1 online resource.

Source Collection

  • World War I

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021670893

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Salomone, Luigi, Active 19Th-20Th Century Lithographer, and Tancredi Scarpelli. 23rd Umberto Regiment. Italy, 1915. [Rome: L. Salomone, to 1921] Photograph.

APA citation style:

Salomone, L. & Scarpelli, T. (1915) 23rd Umberto Regiment. Italy, 1915. [Rome: L. Salomone, to 1921] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Salomone, Luigi, Active 19Th-20Th Century Lithographer, and Tancredi Scarpelli. 23rd Umberto Regiment. [Rome: L. Salomone, to 1921] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.