Italian Diplomatic Passport 1943 With A Huge Watermark
This is the first document of this type I ever could acquire and it has a beautiful hidden feature – a fantastic & unusual watermark of Victor Emmanuel III! Besides that the document was issued to a military attache in Ankara, Turkey. Several diplomatic visas are documented so for Turkey, Bulgaria and Independent State of Croatia (NDH) – an Axis-Power state! Enjoy the diplomatic passport of CAPTAIN Augusto Andoly.
Victor Emmanuel III (Vittorio Emanuele Ferdinando Maria Gennaro di Savoia; Italian: Vittorio Emanuele III, Albanian: Viktor Emanueli III; 11 November 1869 – 28 December 1947) was the King of Italy from 29 July 1900 until his abdication on 9 May 1946. In addition, he claimed the thrones of Ethiopia and Albania as Emperor of Ethiopia (1936–41) and King of the Albanians (1939–43), claims not recognised by the other great powers. During his reign of nearly 46 years, which began after the assassination of his father Umberto I, the Kingdom of Italy became involved in two world wars. His reign also encompassed the birth, rise, and fall of Italian Fascism.
Victor Emmanuel abdicated his throne in 1946 in favour of his son Umberto II, hoping to strengthen support for the monarchy against an ultimately successful referendum to abolish it. He then went into exile to Alexandria, Egypt, where he died and was buried the following year. His remains were returned in 2017 to rest in Italy.
He was called by the Italians Il Re soldato (The Soldier King) for having led his country during both the world wars; and, after Italy’s victory in the First World War Il Re vittorioso (The Victorious King). He was also nicknamed Sciaboletta (“little saber”) due to his height of 1.53 m (5 ft 0 in).