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Sahariana-The Desert Jeep

A Sahariano in North Africa, March 1943, crewed by the PAI. It is part of the "103rd Compagnie Arditi Camionettisti", half of which fought on the Tunisian Front and the other half on the Libyan Front.

The Raggruppamento was active on the African front from 29 November 1942 until 08 April 1943 and numerous records (photos and documents) exist of this unit and its vehicles in action.

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Moto Guzzi Alce

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This motorcycle was introduced in 1938 for military use in areas such as reconnaissance and convoy escort. The “Alce” (Elk), was replaced in 1943 with the Super Alce, which had much success with new features.

Grenades

Bomba a mano S.R.C.M Mod.35

All these hand grenades had to be launched from a distance of 20 to 30 meters and had a shrapnel area of about 10 meters. Usually different colors meant different use for type of grenades:

Flame Throwers

Soldier using mod.35 flamethrower. Photo courtesy Martin Haugland.

Flame throwers used by Italy in World War Two. This flamethrower weighed approximately 27 kg, and had 12 kg of incendiary liquid and 6 liters of propellant. Range was about 20 meters, and the area of coverage was of 35×15 meters. About 20 “salvos” could be fired.