The Society is a non-political, non-sectarian association that is dedicated to the services and contributions of the Italian military and civilians during the Second World War. The Society does not in any way support, or condone, any activities involving Fascist's, Neo-Nazis, extremist, or anti-American organizations, or is it involved with any anti-government activities. The Society does not tolerate or condone any form of racism, radical or extremist activities, or persons with supremacist, fascist or racist political motives or beliefs. Any member or person found condoning, supporting or endorsing such behavior will be promptly ejected from the Society and its events.
Who Are We? Located in the South Eastern United States; the American Italian Military Society (AIMS - Societa Militarie Italiana Americana) is composed of historians, collectors, living historians, military reenactors and other enthusiasts whose goals are to study, preserve and promote the history, traditions and legacy of the Italian people during the Second World War, 1935 to 1946. The Society is committed to accurately portraying, displaying and representing, in both public and private programs, historical information on the people, places, uniforms, equipment, personal items, etc., relevant to Italy & the Italian people during the Second World War.
The Society was started in 2019, in addition to having an interest in the Italian Military, it was seen that there was an abundance of impressions of U.S, British, German & Russians, it was decided to form a group to portray and remember the wide and diverse role of the Italian Military with both the Axis and Allied forces during the Second World War.
Why the name - American Italian Military Society? When first started the original intention was to form a group of Italian Bersaglieri; however, as more events were taken part in, the interest of the general public was such that it was felt that it would be better to include more impressions to better tell the story of the Italian Veterans of the Second World War. As such a more inclusive name was selected that would allow us to portray and present information over a wider area; thereby remembering the service of the Italian Soldati.
What do we do? The Society takes part in a variety of events and activities throughout the year; among these include Living History displays at historic sites, National & State Parks, Air & Gun Shows, Battle Reenactments, Historic Presentations to groups and organizations, and many other events. The Society also makes non-display related outings as a group to various historic sites and museums to learn more about the period.
For these events we setup displays, or give presentations, designed to cover a wide variety of aspects relating to the life of the average Italian of the period. These displays can include things such as weapons, uniforms, historic memorabilia, tentage, military vehicles, and much more. We also have a children's section which includes things such as a variety coloring sheets of the Italian Military (Non-Fascist) and a children's hand grenade throwing station where they learn how to throw a fake grenade at a stationary target. This is just a brief description of some of what we can when setup at an event; and each display is adjusted to fit for each event.
If you or your organization are interested in having us come out and make a presentation or take part in an event, please feel free to Contact Us.
Interested in Membership? Are you interested in membership with the Society? We are always looking for new members with an interest and desire to preserve, portray and remember the role of Italy, the Italian Military & People and World War II.
If after reviewing this section, and site, you are interested in membership feel free to contact us by E-Mail or visit us on Facebook.
- Do I have to be a reenactor? No; membership in the Society is not exclusively just reenactors & living historians. It is open to collectors, historians and persons generally interested in the history of Italy and the Italian veterans of the Second World War.
- Age Requirements & Restrictions. Persons of all ages are welcome to take part with the Society; however, for any person(s) operating a weapon of any kind (rifle, pistol, bayonet, knife, etc.) must be at least 18 years of age. Any person under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, who will remain present during the event.
- Is it easy to get into Italian Reenacting/Living History/Displays? Yes and No. Fortunately in recent years a number of vendors have begun supplying reproductions of Italian uniforms and equipment (see the Research Materials & Resources Section); making it easier to obtain the basics of the uniform at a reasonable price. However, the smaller items such as knapsacks, flashlights, field stoves, identification papers, etc. are not as common, but can be found through militaria dealers and sites like E-Bay and Gunbroker. When a new member joins, he will be assisted by other members and friends in obtaining the necessary equipment for either reenacting or displaying the specific area that they are interested in.