This roundel is an actual battlefield trophy, cut from the fabric of the upper wing of an Italian Fiat CR-42 “Falco” shot down over North Africa by the RAF.

The three symbols in the center of the roundel are “fascii’s”, bundles of rods surrounding an axe. In ancient Rome the fasci were carried by officials responsible for law and order, signaling the state’s ability to punish, by flogging (rods), or execute, by beheading (axe). The use of those symbols by Fascist Italy indicated the government’ s desire to link their regime with the glories of Ancient Rome as well as the totalitarian nature of their government