Italian Para Casualties from Livorno

According to BBC news on the evening of Sunday 20th Sep 09 the six Italian soldiers killed in Kabul a few days ago were members of 187 Parachute Regiment (The Volgore)  –  the unit with whom, the Squadron is closely associated and in whose regimental chapel the retiring Standard was laid up only last November.

By chance, Gp Capt Richard Bates, who was OC XXIV during the time of the original tragedy was staying with our current Chairman Keith Chapman who both saw the TV footage of the six coffins being being offloaded from an Italian Air Force C-130 at Ciampino. They agreed that the Association would wish to send a message of sympathy to the CO of the Italian Parachute Regt.

When Richard and Keith were in Livorno last November for the laying-up ceremony, the CO of 187 Para Regt was Col Gabriele Toscani De Col.  He told them that the Regt was to be deployed to Afghanistan in Spring 2009 but wasn’t sure whether he would still be in post then.


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