Sunday, March 1, 2015
ITALIAN INNOVATIONS IN WWII
Italian innovations in WWII started to be created in the 1930s, during the wars in Ethiopia and Spain. However it is noteworthy to remember that the first use of aircraft for bombing in war happened in Libya in 1911, when Italian aviators dropped the first bombs on Turkish troops. After WWI "Beretta" has become one of the world's largest pistol makers and the model 1934 (M1934) was their most numerous product in the pre-World War II era. It was designed and purpose-built for the Italian armed forces. In the early 1930s, the Italian army was impressed by the Walther PP pistol. Beretta did not want to lose a big military contract to their German competitor and designed the M1934 for the Italian Army which accepted it in 1937. This model was followed by the M1935, which was similar to the M1934 in most respects, except that it fired a .32 ACP (7.65 mm Browning) cartridge. The Beretta pistol proved to be a complete success since the beginning of WWII and innovated the way the common soldiers went to war.