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Old 02-20-2010, 07:52 PM   #76
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Which model of boots had parachutist before model 41
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Old 02-21-2010, 02:16 AM   #77
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Oh yes, they had generally the common ankle boots of provenance.PaoloM
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Old 02-22-2010, 06:29 PM   #78
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Thank you but in model of boots?
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Old 02-23-2010, 01:16 AM   #79
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The matter of Italian ankle boots has been exaustively dealt here:
http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/foru...=italian+boots
Well, they could be Mod.29, and Mod.32 ankle boots (these last generally
marked inside from 1937 to 1940).PaoloM
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hello folgore -I just want to say how much iI like your smock-
do you know of one for sale?
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Old 05-29-2010, 12:05 PM   #81
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Hi mousekilla - glad you enjoyed it. Alas, the smock is about one of the toughest items to come by along with the samurai and jump boots as Paolo can vouch for and I am by no means an expert enough or advanced enough collector to have any for sale. Maybe there are other collectors in the forum who might know of some. However, be careful and make sure you study the smock in detail before looking into buying one.

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Dear Folgore, I quote what you say!!PaoloM
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Old 06-02-2010, 12:46 AM   #83
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Old 06-04-2010, 07:00 AM   #84
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Just as a quick note, in North Africa, the troops also used the regular gym shoes which most people mistake in photos as "german" tropical ankle boots.

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Old 06-04-2010, 11:36 AM   #85
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I was aware of this, but I've no photographic evidence. I've photos with
shorts and leather sandals. One Folgore veteran, said to me he has always
used 'rest' shoes, probably very similar to the gym ones you're showing right now!PaoloM
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As soon as I have a chance I will post a photo for you Paolo. If I remember correctly, in one of the books I have I believe Bignami is pictured in North Africa with several other Folgore officers (two of which in grey green wool uniforms) and he is wearing the canvas gym shoes.
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As promised I found the scanned photo I spoke of. Cannot remember which book it came out of though. The photo is of the Stato Maggiore della Folgore with Vice Comandante Generale Riccardo Bignami in the center with the Capo di SM Maggiore Giovanni Verandi. It is a very interesting photo for a couple of reasons. General Bignami along with two others wear the canvas gym shoes while Maggiore Verandi and one other officer are wearing the grey green wool uniform. It is a shame that the gym shoes are almost always incorrectly identified in books as Italians wearing DAK shoes. The Italian gym shoes were very well made and you would know this by just looking at the soles which are particular in themselves. The Folgore made much use of them during training and it is no surprise that they were found much more comfortable and useful in the desert than the jump boots.
Hope this is of interest to everyone.

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Interesting.I know the photo.IMO the two officers are wearing rest shoes
not gymn shoes in fact these were lower than the rest shoes. As soon as I can find the photos we'll talk again about the differences.PaoloM
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Folgore,
Beautiful model with uniform of a paratrooper! I wish I had it for my book. Very beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us!
Best, Ardire
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Below, gymn shoes, the lower ones. The higher ones are 'rest' shoes.For what the photographic evidence gives,Italian paratroops used jump boots in combat but
it is not excluded that they may have used also 'gymn' and 'rest' shoes.PaoloM
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