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by Metatron » Fri Feb 03, 2006 5:25 am

Does anybody know about this unit? I heard they were an RSI formation.


by Gian » Sun Feb 05, 2006 11:16 pm

"Fiamme Bianche" were volunteers born in the years 1926, '27, '28, sometimes younger. They numbered around 2000, and those who completed basic training at Velo d'Astico (Piedmont) formed two battalions. Some of them were embedded into the "Etna" Division and others into the "Muti" Legion or Brigate Nere.


by Veltro » Fri Feb 02, 2007 6:31 am

From the sparse information that is available, the Fiamme Bianche was the RSI equivalent of the ONB ( Balila ) the first groups were formed in Milan. The recruits were to be 15 years old minimum. However many younger kids joined for want of food clothing etc….By may of 1944 approximately 2,000 of these children were sent to a training camp at Velo d’Astico. They were divided into 4 battalions under the direction of the GNR. By August of 44 two battalions were sent to the Como area ( Swiss border). The remainder being sent to the Roma battalion, Etna Division, Mutti Legion, and the S. Barbara Fire Battalion (some also were assimilated into the black brigades.

Being one of the last units to surrender, they were subsequently massacred by the communists.



by Metatron » Sat Feb 03, 2007 7:15 am

Thanks very much! Very interesting info Thanks sincerely!