Thank you, everyone, who came out to support our debut for 2017 at the Proprietary House timeline in Perth Amboy. Without a doubt, our Italians dominated the scene and I was very impressed, over all, with the display we had given the somewhat small space we had to work with. We were able to showcase the enlisted Blackshirts, Fasci Femminile, MVSN officer, a Royal Army cavalry officer who was our guest for the occasion, and PNF gerarca via "Federico Indossatrice" in our display thanks to all of you.
Camicia Nera Paolo and Viviana got some photos. If you are on Facebook, please go "like" Dragoon Photography, which is his business. https://www.facebook.com/DragoonPhotography/
They took several wonderful photos and I encourage you to check them out.
Prop. House is a nice place for small static displays. We had more visitors than initially expected, which was good. In addition to our Italians there were other WW2 people doing British, Russian, and Finnish, plus Spanish American, Rev. War, Victorian, and WWI. In all, things went well for our display. Our friend Kim made us--entirely by hand--an enormous Italian flag which we put out on a pole. It was an excellent eye-catching feature for us, so we appreciate that. In total, we had five people from the legion, plus our Royal Army guest, which was a nice turn out!
We will be having our training day at il Campo di Cartone on 26 March to build up on what we have so far. The training day will cover the basics of foot drill, rifle drill, uniform inspection and evaluation, reenactor safety, and basic tactics. After that, a social afternoon will wrap it up.
On a different note, we're going to play the "Guess The Grigioverde Game" one last time. In order to properly standardize our helmet color it has been decided to do a color match of the kit itself as Camicia Nera Paolo has done. We'll paint everyone's helmets at the training day if necessary.
In December of 2016, the legion had a meeting to chart out what we want to do going forward. A command structure was approved along with a governing constitution and authenticity guides. The website will reflect much of that information in the future. The next page to be added is a schedule of activities for 2017. We encourage any and all living history program directors interested in an Italian presence to please Contact Us.
The 30th Blackshirt Legion is a dedicated 1940-1943 impression but we also recognize 2nd Mountain Infantry Division "Sforzesca", which was the parent Royal Army division to which the legion was attached.
The unit's Facebook Page had a significant number of new "likes". Please give it a like yourself to keep informed as to what is going on.
Look for more updates here in the coming weeks!
After something of a hiatus, the 30th Blackshirt Legion has returned. Do stay tuned for more information to come.
Please note that this organization is strictly for historical study and living history reenactment. It does not espouse any kind of ideology or serve to convey any kind of political expression.