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Italian soldier in uniform, North Africa

Discussion in 'North Africa: Western Desert Campaigns 1940 to Ope' started by johntorcasio, Sep 21, 2014.

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    johntorcasio New Member

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    Giuseppe Torcasio Italian forces in uniform with the corps heavy artillery regiment insignia on his peaked visor cap,WW II North Africa. View attachment 21372
     

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    Very nice. Rich A. in Pa.
     
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    Christopher47 Same Song, Fourth Verse

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    Handsome fellow. Very dashing with the Errol Flynn mustachio as well. Goes to show the long arm of Hollywood transcended political and social boundaries.

    I dare say that Mussolini would not have allowed American films in Italy. Jazz music was certainly banned. Whether he was worried about Italian morality, or simply wanted to encourage Italian films and music, I don't know. But I do know that Cine' City had no Hollywood for a long time, and the best thing that Allied soldier bands could do for Italian civilians during the occupation was to play them some Jazz.
     
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    Giuseppe Torcasio 2nd from the right was in the Italian heavy artillery battery with 2 x Obice da 149/19 model 37 Heavy Howitzer's a World War II veteran who saw action in Tobruk and the battles for El Alamein North Africa.
     

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    Great pictures. We don't see Italian soldiers very often here. Keep them coming.
     
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    Nice pictures. Do you have any others? They are quite interesting.
     
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    My father Giuseppe Torcasio playing a diatonic button accordion which he used to entertain the soldiers. WWII North Africa .
     

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    What amazes me is the fact hat the Italians were wearing ties with such a heatn even when they were among themselves. Your father's comrade on the left is wearing white daily tasks breeches, which are more appropriate for the Summer too, but both are wearing boots . Maybe it"s early or late season with more acceptable temperatures. Also the landscape makes me think of a coastal area or maybe an oasis with date trees , giving shadow and allowing some grass too.
     
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    I remember my dad telling me that his unit along with a German unit did some coastal patrols and firing at any enemy ships trying to land, So he could have been somewhere along the coast when these photos were taken.
     
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    An interesting thread. Went to give it 5 stars and realized that I don't see any option for rating threads with the new look.
     
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    Slipdigit Good Ol' Boy WW2|ORG Editor

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    My great-grandfather did yard work in a white dress shirt and bowtie-in south Alabama, where 90F+ temps and 90%+ humidity is the norm during the summer.
     
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