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  • Peasants in Italy celebrated their harvest festivals in 1919 in Naples when Mussolini's arditi were beating bloody the local communists in Milan.

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  • It was lonely and rainy there, and there was a battalion of arditi quartered in the town.

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  • Council, that the slightest action on the part of the Yugoslavs would provoke terrible measures on the part of d'Annunzio's arditi, who would spare neither women nor children ....

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  • Italy and said they had been captured by d'Annunzio's arditi.

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  • They are accustomed on such expeditions to steal the children and hold them to ransom -- a lucrative operation which d'Annunzio's arditi [91] may have copied from their Albanian colleagues.

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  • As we steamed out of the harbour four or five carabinieri and arditi were running along the road parallel with us, others were climbing over the stone walls -- apparently it was a man-hunt.

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  • His brave fellows, the arditi, so he said, had plenty of machine guns and of ammunition.

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  • There were two parties, that of the C.N.I., swollen with arditi and fascisti, who would have nothing to do with the Treaty of Rapallo -- their programme consisted in annexation to Italy -- and the other party, whose object was to carry out the provisions of the Treaty.

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  • Cut off from its Yugoslav hinterland the population of Rieka, which consisted more and more of arditi and fascisti, less and less of Yugoslavs, the population had nothing to do save to speculate in the rate of exchange

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  • Nevertheless three platoons appeared, each with one officer and one N.C.O. The adjutant's platoon distinguished itself, for while the arditi attacked anyone they saw, including women and children, with the butt end of their muskets, Lieut. Giovanoni laid about him with a dog-whip.

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  • Arditi? Wasn't he the guy who wrote "Il Bacio"?

    *strolls off, humming .... "DUUUM-DUM-TAAA-DA-DUM-DUM-TAAAAA-DA-DUM-DUM-TA-DA-DA-DA-DA-DUUUM-DUM-TAAA-DA-" *

    March 17, 2009

  • "Violent 'mobs' of the menu peuple had played a decisive role in the French Revolution. But to the extent that violence played a role in the rise of twentieth-century fascism, it was the violence exerted by organized fascist paramilitary forces—the Freikorps and brownshirts in Germany, the arditi and black-shirted squadristi in Italy—who crushed the socialist opposition and intimidated the general population in their respective nations."

    —Barbara Ehrenreich, Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy (New York: Henry Holt & Co., 2006), 198–199

    March 17, 2009