FEASTS IN UNIFORM
the Bicocca’s Battle of 23rd of March 1849 is traditionally
remembered: the Austrians army, on that occasion defeated the Piedmont army and
forced Carlo Alberto, the Piedmont’s King, in favor of his son Vittorio Emanuele
putting an end to the First Independence War.
The event is
represented by “Gruppo Storico Risorgimentale” that on the same day of this war
fact organize a parade composed of 30 people from the 3rd regiment of
the Piedmont Brigade and a squad from Bersaglieri who form an infantry line.
Figure 8 – the soldiers’uniforms
Piedmontese and the Austrians have different uniforms. The soldiers of Piedmont
wear a long cloth dark blue jacket and a pair of trousers made out of the same
texture, with a line to distinguish the regiment. They also wear a trunk-conical
heavy hat and a black and white leather belt to keep the cartridge.
The bersaglieri’s uniform is
different because of the feathered hat. The artillery soldiers have a uniform
with yellow lines. The cavalry soldiers have a short blue jacket, a grey pair of
trousers of the color of the regiment and a typical helmet.
9 – the bersaglieri’s uniform
Austrian soldiers wear a white short cloth jacket with a tail and the trousers
are light blue. The overcoat is grey, the hat is black and the belt is made out
forge soldiers have a grey, green lined uniform and a typical leathered hat.
artillery soldiers wear a brown uniform.
has a different uniform in size and decorations. Both, Piedmontese and
soldiers have guns, bayonets, a sword or a sabre.
The historical research, the fidelity even in the smallest
detail makes this group not only a folklore event but above all a real living
Figure 10 – the battle scene