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    Hi guys
    I want to show you this nice and rare one piece coverall for driver/motorcyclist/tanker.
    This is the first pattern used by the Italians drivers and motorcyclists probably already in the first world war until the second, because a friend of mine saw pics of WWI motorcyclists wearing light color overalls.
    Italians tankers wore since 1926 a new pattern, in blue color and with reinforcements at the knees and elbows and side pockets. However the old model was abundantly used by them up to consumption. We can see many photos of this pattern wore in Africa, probably for the most camouflaged and more heat-repellent color.

    This suit was found along with the owner's photos in East Africa, a pair of Autiere colonial shoulder straps, colonial puttees and an English shirt. Therefore it is probable that after the AOI the soldier ended his adventures in Libya, plausible explanation for the English shirt. Unfortunately I only have the photos of these additional items!
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    here the owner's pics.
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      #3
      prewar pics
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        #4
        AOI
        in the first pic we can see tankers wearing the overall with cutted sleeves.
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          #5
          Yugoslavia
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            #6
            Very nice piece [emoji106] can I ask you does your suit have any stamps? Size,depot or other? Just curious


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              #7
              Originally posted by ww2 fanatic View Post
              Very nice piece [emoji106] can I ask you does your suit have any stamps? Size,depot or other? Just curious


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              Hi ww2 fanatic

              no stamps of any kind.

              Ciao
              Marco

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                #8
                Absolutely fantastic find Marco ..all of it !...
                sigpicBetter a Lion for a Day..than a Sheep for a Hundred Years!

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                  #9
                  Pretty tasty 👍
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                    #10
                    Many thanks for your kind replies.

                    As we can see in the photos there were two ways of wearing this overall: with the straight neck or the inverted neck.
                    For this reason we can find the collar stars (when they were worn, as being a work garment they were often non-existent) wore both externally to the collar than internally to it, depending on how the collar is positioned.

                    In my overall the stars are the pin type, to be able to position them quickly in the two ways.

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                      #11
                      nice piece uncommon, I have the blue canvas version, often used by tank drivers, your gray cotton instead was used by paratroopers, it was the first launching gown they used, beautiful piece compliments

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by ARDITO View Post
                        nice piece uncommon, I have the blue canvas version, often used by tank drivers, your gray cotton instead was used by paratroopers, it was the first launching gown they used, beautiful piece compliments
                        Ciao Ardito.
                        many thanks for your information.
                        Your posts are always very useful and instructive.
                        Very nice your blue one piece suit!

                        what you said made me remember an old photo in a magazine I saw some years ago.
                        Here we can see some Nuotatori Paracadutisti of the Btg. S.Marco, Regia Marina.
                        They seem to wear something very similar to my one-piece suit.
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                          #13
                          it is not similar, but it is the same suit, they used in the school of parachuting of Tarquinia, the gray suits M26, it is seen very well in the photos of the epoch, there is also a film of the Istituto Luce, of the paratroopers in exercise before the Prince Umberto of Savoy, but is illustrated in more than one book by I paracadutisti italiani 1937 1945 of the serie europa militaria, and in the last fantastic books made by Massimo di Martino, Parcadutisti D'Italia

                          Here The video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJ-nh-ib2Jo

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by ARDITO View Post
                            it is not similar, but it is the same suit, they used in the school of parachuting of Tarquinia, the gray suits M26, it is seen very well in the photos of the epoch, there is also a film of the Istituto Luce, of the paratroopers in exercise before the Prince Umberto of Savoy, but is illustrated in more than one book by I paracadutisti italiani 1937 1945 of the serie europa militaria, and in the last fantastic books made by Massimo di Martino, Parcadutisti D'Italia

                            Here The video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJ-nh-ib2Jo
                            Many thanks Ardito for your confirmation.
                            Please was this suit also used in the Cefalonia jump?
                            Ciao
                            Marco

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by ARDITO View Post
                              it is not similar, but it is the same suit, they used in the school of parachuting of Tarquinia, the gray suits M26, it is seen very well in the photos of the epoch, there is also a film of the Istituto Luce, of the paratroopers in exercise before the Prince Umberto of Savoy, but is illustrated in more than one book by I paracadutisti italiani 1937 1945 of the serie europa militaria, and in the last fantastic books made by Massimo di Martino, Parcadutisti D'Italia

                              Here The video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJ-nh-ib2Jo


                              well done
                              "six italians, dressed in rather unusual diving suits and equipped with materials of laughably little cost have swung the military balance of power in the Mediterranean in favour of the Axis".

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