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  1. Neat post, sent me dumpster-diving for more information. Looks like the Government didn't get them all. From 28 JUL 1997 IRISH TIMES It is believed the guns seized at Dublin Port on Friday were destined for republican paramilitaries in the Border area around Newry. The type of weapons involved, Luger pistols, and the method of the smuggling operation suggest it was not the work of the IRA. The IRA is also unlikely to have any shortage of such weapons, and pistols are rarely used in IRA attacks. https://www.irishtimes.com/news/border-gang-suspected-after-guns-haul-1.92347 From 13 Feb 2004 IRISH TIMES - Several items belonging to Michael Collins, including a Luger pistol and matching hand-made holster, have been donated to the State by the family of the revolutionary leader. * Perhaps the most valuable item, however, is the Luger Parabellum Artillery pistol, made in 1917, and believed to have been a captured weapon brought back from the first World War. Mr Collins said: "We understand this was the Luger he used because it fits the holster and the holster fits that which appears in a picture of Collins." https://www.irishtimes.com/news/collins-memorabilia-donated-to-state-1.1304858 And from an April 2019 auction https://www.whytes.ie/art/1919-1922-war-of-independence-9mm-luger-automatic-pistol-used-by-an-irish-volunteer-during-the-war-of-independence/167413/?SearchString=&LotNumSearch=&GuidePrice=&OrderBy=&ArtistID=&ArrangeBy=list&NumPerPage=15&offset=179
  2. The training of Chinese nationals, which started before Pearl Harbor, continued throughout the war and after. It had been decided in July 1941 that the AAF would undertake pilot and combat crew training for the Chinese Air Force on a small scale, with some additional instruction for mechanics and in armament. Training began in November 1941. During the next two years the AAF resisted proposals for a larger commitment to the program because of its own acute need for training facilities, but as facilities became available after December 1943, the AAF trained an increasing number of Chinese.* These included hundreds of pilots and combat crew members, reconnaissance crews, and ground technicians.66 The diversified nature of the Chinese training program required the use of numerous AAF installations, most of which were located in Arizona under jurisdiction of the Western Flying Training Command.†All primary flying instruction for Chinese students was given at Thunderbird Field, Glendale, Arizona. B-24 pilot transition instruction was given at Kirtland Field, New Mexico, followed by operational training under the Second Air Force at Pueblo, Colorado. The Army Air Forces in WW2, Chapter 20 https://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/AAF/VI/AAF-VI-20.html
  3. Duh. Just noticed that the 6th photo has him standing under the Somalia Security Command HQ sign. Per this page (https://www.worldmilitariaforum.com/forums/uploads/monthly_2020_05/82BC0CF3-2E55-4C94-AA81-518516813518.jpeg.ba4a9561c573681526f95a74cc914d41.jpeg ) he was assigned to the 2nd Company, motorized Carabinieri on 08 Feb 1950 which embarked on Napoli on 10 March 1950 for Somalia. He'd been promoted to Sergeant Major on 01 March 1950. Let's go back to that Staghound. Per Zaloga (https://books.google.com/books?id=A6uHCwAAQBAJ&pg=PT74&lpg=PT74&dq=staghound+italy+somalia&source=bl&ots=6irA3g6JEJ&sig=ACfU3U3FH9rHqFb9JSc9yCwyS5DRSwC4_A&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjxlt2Vz6LqAhU7oHIEHX8gB4UQ6AEwAHoECAwQAQ#v=onepage&q=staghound italy somalia&f=false ), "When Somalia became a United Nations trust territory under Italian administration in 1950, the Italian army dispatched a number of armored-car units for patrol duty with the Security Corps."
  4. For what it's worth, the 1st Free French Brigade had been part of the Commonwealth Order of Battle, fighting Rommel's DAK. Bir Hakim was their moment of glory https://www.nationalww2museum.org/war/articles/free-french-bir-hacheim-1942
  5. Please look as the daughter is interested in her father’s adventures in North Africa maybe there’s some idea how he got into French hands? 1) It's been @ 20 years since I taught myself to read Italian (not so far from French), so I'll use google translate to help. What you're looking at here is the Italian equivalent to a DD-214 record of military service, education and whatnot. 2) To answer the first question, this entry (which technically is the 2nd page of his military history) says Catturato prigioniero dei francesi nel Sahara Libico 4 Genn 43 (Captured prisoner of the French in the Libyan Sahara 04 January 1943). Tripoli fell to the Allies on 22 January 1943 (map here https://nzhistory.govt.nz/media/photo/libya-campaign-map ) so his unit was rolled up by the French a few weeks prior. With more work, I could probably tell you where/how. 3) Top of that same page, there's a reference to the MR/685th - tempting to think that means the 685th Motorized Regiment but there was no such unit (that I could find - see OOB https://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/NHC/NewPDFs/Italy/ITL%20Order%20of%20Battle%201942-09.pdf ). Per the first page (https://www.worldmilitariaforum.com/forums/uploads/monthly_2020_05/3A17D2A3-2EA0-44BC-958F-6FAE0A140489.jpeg.b4b3281470587e153b5e088d74d7e38e.jpeg ) it mentions that he volunteered on 03 January 1939 and was transferred to the 4th Artillery Regiment at Laurane (?) on 05 April 1939. He was made a radio telegraph operator on 25 March 1939, got promoted to Corporal and while in Libya, Sergeant. Note - the 1st photo shows him leaning on what looks like a Dodge, so that'd be part of his post-war service. Makes sense, since a Sergeant taken PoW in 1943 was unlikely to have any surviving pics of his pre-capture service. 4) Was a PoW from 1943 to 1946, with post-war service in the Italian Army. That last photo of him shows a Staghound Armored Car (really distinctive, also post-war Italian usage - see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T17E1_Staghound ), so more work would reveal what unit.
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