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My military service began service in October 1968:
After five months of school NCOs tank drivers in Lecce, in March 1969 is assigned to the 22nd Battalion lagoon-tank drivers in San Vito al Tagliamento, Pordenone, with the role of the head tank.
Here I am shown in the photo scanned and restored, dated June 1969 with my M47 tank, in a moment of rest with my crew, during a 'tutorial on the Tagliamento River,
together with the comrades of another car attached to our own.
Will be ten months of continuous and fast-paced exercises. I will be laid off in January 1970 with the rank of sergeant.
M47 U.S. tank design will remain operational for a few years, will be replaced first with the 'M60, and later with the Leopard of German production.
Medium tank capacity of 30,000 cm3, and in twelve-cylinder air-cooled finned with large fans above the heads.
Total weight 44 tons.
Maximum cruising speed 60 km / h
Transmission type hydraulic CROSS DRIVE
Suspensions, No. 16 torsion bars 80 mm
90/105 gun range in an oil bath up to 30 km. Pointing to the sides of the turret rangefinder.
Browning machine guns: size 7.65 for the copilot. 12.5 turret for the Calibre capocarro.
Thank you for the time I devoted.
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