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Carl Schwamberger wrote:Anyone have any insight into what the Italian military would look like after 18 months of nuetrality - at the end of 1941?
Just a few questions that, in my opinion, the participants to this thread should make to themselves before posting:
Much would depend on whether Italy exported weapons during this period,
Thus: no war = no Italian aircraft carriers. It's an example of how war experience was useful in the development of Italian armed forces.
Dili wrote:I disagree after first war success the development of aircraft carriers would start. It wasn't something completely alien to Regia Marina.
jwsleser wrote:... Please note that everything I stated was in place before Italy entered the war. Without the war, production of the M38 series weapons (the M91/38 was the 6.5mm version), the M38 LMG, etc. likely would have continued. No reason to stop and the M91 series could be sold to other countries. The M47/32 c.c. was planned to replace all the 65mm infantry guns, the new artillery was coming off the production lines, M13/40s were in the works, etc.
Again I can't comment on the RM and RA, but the RE was on the road of reequipping/modernizing without any new wartime decisions.
All the above would be dependent upon Il Duce staying out of the Balkans. I think we are asking way to much of Benito in this thread.
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