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Folgore uniform at El ALamein
Posted 12 December 2003 - 02:58 AM
The photo documentation of the Folgore, in Africa, show them wearing tropical uniforms, tropical sun-helmets and para helmets. I have seen many photos of Italians soldiers, in Africa, wearing tropical as well as wool/continental items mixed together...but all the pictures I have seen of captured Folgore and operating Folgore...all had tropical items. I suppose it is possible they had some continental items with them as well, but I did not see this in the photos I perused. Hope this helps a little. Arditi http://www.arditi43.com
Posted 12 December 2003 - 07:30 AM
There are photos where you can see Paratroopers wearing tropical shorts and skirt with colonial helmet.
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Posted 12 December 2003 - 12:56 PM
Posted 12 December 2003 - 02:51 PM
In the photos you provide the paratroopers appear to be wearing their jump smocks(camouflaged) and their tropical(Khaki) baggy pants. I do not believe that the paras in Africa wore their jump smocks in the eastern desert into combat. This was probably a publicity photo...just a guess. I have seen photos of para's in Africa in short sleeve order. That meaning, it was so hot, that they only wore their khaki undershirt and not their tunic. There is a photo in Rex Trye's book of a para manning an anti-tank gun with a khaki shirt on and a para helmet with camouflage cover on it. He has a cigar hanging from his mouth and is looking intently at his target. Cool photo. The Italians made a jump or two into Algeria to sabotage and confuse the enemy. I wonder if they wore continental wear in that action? I know they wore jump smocks. gBotto, I have an interest in Italian para's and try to collect militaria/artifacts from this brave corps. Eventually, I want to put these artifacts onto my webpage. I have an Italian para helmet that I prize. Interesting question you raise.
Saluti, Arditi http://www.arditi43.com :D
Posted 14 December 2003 - 11:50 AM
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