Saturday, 12 June 2010
Their gallant conduct at the battle of the Tchernaja flattered the native pride, and when, in due time, 12,000 returned of the 15,000 that had gone forth, the increased credit of Piedmont in Europe was already felt to compensate for the heavy cost of the expedition.
They foresaw that a repetition of the discordant action of 1848 would end in the same way. Manin wrote to Lorenzo Valerio in September 1855: 'I, who am a republican, plant the banner of unification; let all who desire that Italy should exist, rally round it, and Italy will exist.' The ex-dictator of Venice was eking out a scanty livelihood by giving lessons in Paris; he had only three years left to live, and was not destined to see his words verified. But, poor and sick and obscure though he was, his support was worth much.
The Bersaglieri begins in far 18 June 1836, when Alessandro Ferrero della Marmora, obtained the permission of King Carlo Alberto, for the first company bersaglieri, soldiers trained for distinct physical and moral attitudes.
The Crimean War and the Alliance with France had as a result the second war of independence in which the Bersaglieri demonstrated their value during the battles of Solferino and San Martino.