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  • Paolo Marzetti
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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
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    Paolo

    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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  • folgore
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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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  • Paolo Marzetti
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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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  • folgore
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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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  • Paolo Marzetti
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  • Paolo Marzetti
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    Dear Folgore, I quote what you say!!PaoloM

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  • folgore
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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.

    Saluti
    James

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  • mousekilla
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    combinazione tre quarti

    hello folgore -I just want to say how much iI like your smock-
    do you know of one for sale?

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  • Paolo Marzetti
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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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  • mtfroid-30
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    para italien WWII

    Thank you but in model of boots?

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  • Paolo Marzetti
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    Oh yes, they had generally the common ankle boots of provenance.PaoloM

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  • mtfroid-30
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    para italien WWII

    Which model of boots had parachutist before model 41

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  • Paolo Marzetti
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    Originally posted by mtfroid-30 View Post
    Hello which kick used the parachutists before model 41 p-y
    Excuse, what you mean with 'kick'?PaoloM

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  • mtfroid-30
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    para italien WWII

    Hello which kick used the parachutists before model 41 p-y

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