"Come folgore sempre e dovunque"
The first paratroopers artillery unit, the 1st Paratroopers Artillery Group, was officially constituted on 28th August 1941 in Tarquinia (VT).
Later the 2nd Group was constituted on 15th January 1942, the 3rd Group on 10th March 1942, the regimental services Battery and the Regiment Command; it was called Artillery Regiment for Paratroopers Division. The Regiment had 24 anti-tanks pieces of 47/32, 8 for each group.
On 27th July 1942 the Regiment became 185th "Folgore" Artillery Regiment; the paratroopers companies were reorganized in two groups on three batteries, constituting a seventh battery. Reinforced with artilleries of "Pavia" and "Trieste" divisions, it faced the clashes in El-Alamein; against the forces of the 8th British Army, the 185th Regiment was no longer part of the Royal Army on 8th December 1942.
On 1st July 1958, upon request of the General Staff, a Campaign Paratroopers Artillery Battery was reconstituted in the 1st Paratroopers Tactical Group.
On 1st June 1963 the Battery became a Group with two batteries and a Group Command Unit that received the War Flag of the 185th Regiment on 16th December 1966.
On 1st October 1975 the Regiment became 185th "Viterbo" Campaign Paratroopers Artillery Group and on 2nd December 1975 it formed a third battery (1st Draghi, 2nd Le Aquile, 3rd Diavoli and BCS Lions) with 18 pieces.
In 1981 it received 18 mortars of 120 mm and since then it was the unique Italian artillery unit with double armament.
On 1st July 1988 the battery for stinger anti-airplanes self-defence (Scorpions) was constituted, becoming the fifth battery of the Group.
On 8th September 1992 the group was constituted by the 1st Paratroopers Artillery Group becoming part of the 185th "Folgore" Paratroopers Artillery Regiment.
When it returned from the Balkans operation in the winter between 1999 and 2000, on 31st August 2000 the stinger battery and the tactical support battery were dissolved and the regiment was named 185th "Folgore" Land Artillery Regiment (Paratroopers for Acquisition of Objectives).
The 1st Objectives Acquisition Group included three batteries, adding the 4th Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol Battery that was part of the 9th "Col Moschin" Paratroopers Assault Regiment.
Since 2004 it has changed its name into 185th "Folgore" Objectives Acquisitions and Reconnaissance Paratroopers Regiment.
In 2013 the Regiment was reconstituted as paratroopers artillery unit in the base of Bracciano (RM).
Its activities abroad in the postwar started with the first overseas mission of the Italian Army; in 1982 a battery of the Group participated in the Mission in Lebanon. For ten years it has been the unique activity of the Army units abroad.
In 1991, on the framework of the "Airone" Mission, the Group participated in the constitution of the Paratroopers Tactical Group, sending personnel in Iraq. A new period for the Italian units began.
The 185th was the first unit employed in the "Vespers" Operation in Sicily, followed by the operation in Somalia. And later in ex-Yugoslavia. The 185th became the Regiment present in all the missions that involved the Paratroopers Brigade, in Bosnia and Kosovo.
Some Detachments of the Regiment has also operated in the Balkans, in Afghanistan and Iraq.