Was the Breda 30 deployed with the Italian troops that were stationed in the Far East? I've only heard of it being issued in Europe and Africa.
Started a new thread as the question is different.
I assume that your question is focused on the Italian units in China. I will need to check what little information I have on the Italian garrisons. If there are other locations you are considering, please telll us.
I have not read anything about a colonial Chinese constabulary. If you have a source, I would like to read about this.
I have modified the thread title, but understand that all the Italian military in the Far East was under the RM and were almost exclusively San Marco marines/sailors.
Here https://www.anordestdiche.com/la-colonia-dimenticata-di-tianjin-tientsin-in-cina-quinta-parte/ it's written that on 9 Sept. 1943 the Italian armed forces in Tientsin had "50 Breda and Fiat machine guns (light and heavy)".
With regards to the Italian colonial police in Tientsin, here you can see a photo of its agents: http://www.trentoincina.it/mostrapost.php?id=247 . The second man from the right is a Chinese member of this police corps: https://upload.forumfree.net/i/fc10463824/115338.jpg (source, with several photos: https://miles.forumcommunity.net/?t=58688717&st=15 ).
I don't know, but given that Italian weapons used ammuntion unavailable to the Japanese, I guess that their use after capture was very limited or zero.Do you know what happened to the Italian weapons (such as these Breda machineguns) in China after September 1943? Did the Japanese put them to use? Or did they just remain in storage somewhere?
I don't know, but given that Italian weapons used ammuntion unavailable to the Japanese, I guess that their use after capture was very limited or zero.