This has been a tough one. I'm trying to identify who this is. He's an Italian General, and a highly decorated one, with four medals of valour, two crosses of war merit (Croce al Merito di Guerra), and a French Croix de Guerre. Plus a minimum 16 years of service cross, and numerous high royal awards. He also has WW1 medals representing the 1st, 3rd, 8th, and 10th Army Divisions. My ability to decipher his autograph has failed. It's dedicated to a "Mrs. Kirby" (I think) and dated 1924.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, and I thank you.

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    Apparently dedicated to two ladies - à madame et à Mrs (?)Kirby, affectueusement - but the signature is undecipherable. Commented Oct 16, 2023 at 8:05

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Pretty clearly matches the face of Diaz Armando Vittorio

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... immediately afterwards agreed to enter Mussolini's first government as Minister of War, appearing above all as a guarantee for the monarchy and the army. As minister he tried to complete the reorganization of the army after the demobilization process and the Fiume shocks, a task that Diaz considered accomplished in 1924, when he retired to private life. On 4 November of the same year he was appointed Marshal of Italy together with Luigi Cadorna. He died in Rome on 29 February 1928.
Francesco Annichiarico

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    He replaced Cadorna after the 12th Battle of the Isonzo.
    – Davidw
    Commented Oct 16, 2023 at 21:35
  • @njuffa: To my eye, he looks older above than in OP. The medals are also arranged differently; which combined with the jeweled collar above suggests he is older, and higher ranking, above than in the OP. Beyond that - ask another question. The portrait subject has been, as requested, identified. Commented Oct 17, 2023 at 4:18
  • @PieterGeerkens also, in the first picture he has only one band on his cap, while in the second, he has four.
    – Edheldil
    Commented Oct 17, 2023 at 8:26
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    @rumtscho: oh yes, there were no less than twelve Isonzo Battles. Because of the terrain (the rest of this front was heavily mountainous, strongly fortified, highly inaccessible, and not conducive to exploiting an eventual victory), this was pretty much the only area where the Italians and the Austro-Hungarians could fight. At the German-French front, there could be battles at different places (Marne, Somme, Verdun etc.), not so much here. Commented Oct 17, 2023 at 14:43
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    @JanusBahsJacquet It's not an uncommon way of arranging names in Italy, especially in a bureaucratic setting (e.g. when doing a roll call). Commented Oct 17, 2023 at 16:31

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