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    Reports of COL Marco Bizzi

    PERFORMANCE OF THE L 6 TANK ([based] on 4 tanks employed) (information taken from Sergeant Major motorist Finco Luigi who operated the L 6 tanks) the front torsion bar, when combat causes its movement, hits the gearbox and can break it another torsion bar broke due to a lack of hardening a...
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    Reports of COL Marco Bizzi

    PERFORMANCE OF THE M 13/40 TANK From the examination of the individual M tanks and from the information received from the commands, units, and tank workshops I was able to observe: Hull and suspension Even the tanks from the first production, which came to A.S. col VI - VII - VIII btg. (some...
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    Reports of COL Marco Bizzi

    This is one of a series of reports either written by col. Bizzi or collected by him. Colonello Bizzi was sent to A.S. in March 1942 to collect technical information on the functionality of Italian systems, especially armored vehicles and weapons. I am translating and posting them here. Once all...
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    Firing Tests of 75mm and 100mm Pronto Effetto (P.E.) Rounds

    I checked and you are correct. I have relooked the translation and made the change above. The original is: Il proiettile ha sempre forata nettamente la fiancata della torre, di 25 mm. asportandone talora dei menischi (uno dei quali consegnato all’Ispettorato Truppe Motorizzata e Corazzate). It...
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    ammunition carried

    I assume you mean the 45mm Brixia mortar. Total of 120 bombe in four cassette. Each cassetta hold 30 bombe. One cassetta is carried with the gruppo mortai gruppo (the porta munizioni), one cassetta is carried in the gruppo munizione within the squadra (there are three gruppi mortai and one...
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    ammunition carried

    From Le squadre della fanteria 1943 p. 12. 6.5mm M1891 rifle - 72 rounds with another 36 rounds in the unit trains. 18 rounds in each pouch (36 total in the pouches), 36 round in the borsa tattica. 6.5mm M1891 carbine - Same as the rifle. If part of a crew served weapon, 36 rounds. 6.5mm...
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    Firing Tests of 75mm and 100mm Pronto Effetto (P.E.) Rounds

    The following is a translation of one of the reports written/collected by colonnello Mario Bizzi during his technical mission in Africa settentrionale in March 1941. I am in the process of translating these reports. ----------- SHOOTING EXPERIMENT WITH P.E. FROM 75[mm] and 100[mm guns] AND WITH...
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    Casualties of the 3° Alpini Divisione Julia

    None of my sources provides the info you are looking for at that level of detail.
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    Compagnia presidiaria - designations and units of assignment.

    Buongiorno Maurizio I was specifically looking for the regiment at the 47ª cp. presidiaria was assigned to while in Albania in 1940-41. Overall, I was hoping there was a source that listed all the cp. presidiario in the 2GM. I understand that this is likely fantasy, but one can ask. :D Yes...
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    Compagnia presidiaria - designations and units of assignment.

    This is from Compagnie Presidiarie [my translation]
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    Compagnia presidiaria - designations and units of assignment.

    I have learned about units called compagnia presidiaria. These are companies that are part of each regiment and are used for requirements behind the lines of the regiment. Examples are garrison duties, movement control, security, etc. The companies are formed using soldiers not fit for front...
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    L3/35 Tankette used in Russia

    I have been checking. The article appears to have been written/published sometime between 15 Sep and 13 Oct 1942. Nothing states that the vehicles were L3s. The could be L6s or smv. da 47/32. All of those can fit the description in the article. The Hungarians weren't anywhere near the assumed...
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    L3/35 Tankette used in Russia

    Interesting bit that is worth exploring. Do you have a cite for the newspaper this article came from to assist in the research? Pista! jeff.
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    Tankette production in 1942,43

    I haven't found anything that states a Madsen for Italian vehicles. The weapons are either the Breda 8mm or the 13,2mm. See La Gli autoveicoli da combattimento dell'Esercito tomo I pp. 536, 540 and tomo II pp. 679-680. The Brasilian vehicles were delivered with both weapons. Of the total of 23...
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    Tankette production in 1942,43

    Your numbers (52 and 32) appear to come from La meccanizzazione dell'Esercito fino al 1943 tomo I, appendice I (pp. 473-476). The L38 entry has Footnote 2 which states "A.R. 14.27.5 Produzione automezzi ecc. cit. Usiamo l'ufficiosa denominazione L38 per indicare i carri veloci di diverse serie...
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