"Velox ad impetum"
The 8th Regiment was constituted on 1st January 1871 with four battalions coming from the 3rd Regiment, from which it took the glorious traditions and the recognitions to the War Flag with three Bronze Medals to the Military Valour.
It provided with personnel in the campaign in Eritrea (1895-1896) for the International Contingent in Candia (Crete, 1897-1898) and for the International Corps in China (1900-1901).
Employed to rescue the populations in Calabria and Sicily, it was decorated with a Silver Medal to the Merit. Between 1911 and 1912 it participated in the Italian-Turkish war where it gained a Bronze Medal to the Military Valour. It participated in the Great War fighting in Cadore and then on Piave. For the conduct of its Bersaglieri it deserved a Silver Medal and a Bronze Medal to the Military Valour, in addition to the Military Order of Italy given to all the Army units.
Involved with a battalion in the experience in Fiume, from 1924 to 1936 it operated as Cyclists Regiment. Incorporated in the "Principe Amedeo Duca d'Aosta" Rapid Brigade in 1937, in 1938 it was included in the Armoured Brigade that on 1st February 1939 was transformed into 132nd "Ariete" Armoured Division.
In 1938 the Regiment received the War Flag. In 1939 it participated with the "Ariete" in the occupation of Albania; it followed the Division in Northern Africa and it was almost destroyed in the battle of El-Alamein (1942).
Reorganized with battalions of other Bersaglieri regiments, it was assigned to the "Giovani Fascisti" Armoured Division with whom it fought in Tunisia. Dissolved on 13th May 1943 after the battle of Enfidaville, it was reconstituted on 15th July 1943 in Verona where, on 9th September, it was dissolved again after the armistice. For its blood tribute, the Flag of the Regiment was decorated with two Golden Medals to the Military Valour.
It was reconstituted on 15th September 1949 with two Bersaglieri battalions and a tanks battalion, included in the reconstituted "Ariete" Division. Employed again in 1964 in the rescue operations in favour of the civil population hit by the disaster in Vajont, it deserved the Silver Medal to the Civil Valour.
In 1975 the Regiment was dissolved and the Command of the 8th "Garibaldi" Mechanized Brigade was formed with its battalions: the 3rd "Cernaia" Bersaglieri Battalion, that received the traditions and the Flag of the 8th, the 11th "Caprera" Bersaglieri Battalion, the 26th "Castelfidardo" Bersaglieri Battalion and the 7th "Di Dio" Tanks Battalion.
Employed after the earthquake in Friuli, the Flag of the 8th was decorated with a Silver Medal to the Army Valour. In 1983-1984 it participated in the first overseas mission of the Italian Army during the postwar, in order to defend the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. After 30th June 1991, when the Brigade was moved to southern Italy, it was located in Caserta.
From December 1992 to January 1993 the Battalion participated in the "Sicilian Vespers" Operation aiming to maintain the public order in the area of Palermo. With the reorganization of the Army, since 26th June 1993 it was included in the 8th Bersaglieri Regiment that was reconstituted in Caserta.
Changed into a unit formed by volunteers, it was employed in all the overseas missions starting from the Balkans where it gained the Golden Medal to the Army Valour.
The 8th Bersaglieri Regiment has participated in all the missions of the "Garibaldi" Brigade outside the national borders. It was many times in the Balkans, even if they are not the unique intervention theatre of the prestigious Unit.