• As some of you know, the old forum database was deleted by the previous administrator. I am attempting to paste any retrievable discussions back into this forum using the internet archive. It won't look pretty - but at least we can preserve some valuable information. Feel free to add to the discussions as these old posts are restored.

Italy: Post WWll - Present

Yes, I believe that is a Breda M37. The tripod mount is a definitive clue. The M37 was considered a very good MG, the tray feed seen as the only real drawback.
Thank you. For some reason it was looking like a BAR on a similar tripod. LOL, I don't trust my eyes very much.

Programs that I was overseeing like Agusta were forced to abandon their forging suppliers in the US in order to give the work to contractors in Israel like Carmel in Nazareth, which turned out defective product to which Agusta argued blame. Progress payment awards were also made in Israeli contractors without any progress being made on them, whistleblowers were sent back to the states. Much more money was provided under the radar in this manner, contract awards were (are) very politicized / ,,, on the other hand destroyer vessels sold to IRAQ and paid for were interned at la spezia docks unable to return with IRAQI crews on board, 1991 circa.
The CIA files also mentioned a lack of submarine sales from the Melara Club's sub surface branch.

I think Leonardo was recently hit by the latest embargo with Iran. It ruined some ship exports IIRC.

I had some information about their use in Africa from some modern aircraft book. I think the book is listed on page 1 or 2. I actually have the page on my phone somewhere. I'll try to upload it in the next couple of days.
If not, when the libraries open back up after the Covid-19 closures, I'm pretty sure I'll have access to the book.
A new book about Checkpoint Pasta:

"As soon as the barrel of the heavy machine gun crosses the edge of the building, Bozzini pulls the trigger and lets out a long burst. Baccaro does the same. The two VCCs are now in a staggered position along the Via Imperiale and the crossfire of their machine guns is sweeping the lane from where
the first shots started and where the guerrillas are massing. However, Somalis also start shooting from the pasta factory. The side of Carbonetti's VCC exposed towards that direction is soon the target of a gragnola of blows that bounce on the armor."