National Geographic : 1937 Mar
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE IN UNIFORM-LOVING ITALY, NO TROOPS OUTSHINE THE ROYAL BODYGUARDS Of equal height and strapping build, these cuirassiers are picked from the carabinieri (police) and the Army. After preening before a full-length mirror in the gateway, this detachment is ready to report to the palace on the day of U. S . Ambassador William Phillips's presentation to King Victor Emmanuel III. © National Geographic Society Finlay Photographs by Bernard F. Rogers, Jr. "SPEED" IS NEW ITALY'S MOTTO, SO MODERN ROMAN LEGIONARIES TRAIN ON MOTORCYCLES White pup tents house the husky Young Fascists (Plate III), who join this organization at 18 and become full-fledged Black Shirts at 21. Their neckerchiefs bear Rome's colors, red and yellow.