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© Paperini Renato
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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.

10 responses

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (19 Jul 2011):

    Awesome shot and story, Paperini. I was commissioned a second lieutenant in May 1970 and reported to Fort Knox for Armor Officers Basic Training. We trained on the M-48 and the M-60. When I got to my first duty station at Fort Carson, Colorado, I was assigned to an armor battalion in the 4th Infantry Division and was give a platoon of five M-60 tanks. That was a fine war machine, in my opinion!

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato gave props (20 Jul 2011):

    Thank you Richard for your comment always very interesting, I am particularly fond of this picture, moments of life have been very strong away from his family, but the great harmony between us, helped us a lot. The photo has a pyramidal composition came to the event that makes it very pleasant to behold.

  • Elyseo

    Elyseo gave props (20 Jul 2011):

    mi piace il carro in diagonale e la piramide umana, bei ricordi!!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (20 Jul 2011):

    Paperini, thanks for your follow-up. The friendships we make while in military service last a lifetime. I meet with two of the guys in my company every fall for hiking, hunting, and fishing. We were 22 when we met. We are 63 now. These are the ties that endure. (You and your team look great!)

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (20 Jul 2011):

    Grande scatto !!!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (25 Jul 2011):

    this a wonderful shot and story! Bravo

  • Simona Ranieri

    Simona Ranieri said (27 Jul 2011):


  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (8 Aug 2011):

    Rockin' JPG's Theme Park (most uniformly).

  • Lynn Pepper

    Lynn Pepper gave props (12 Aug 2011):

    Wonderful photo and narrative!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (14 Jul 2015):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

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