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Italian Infantry Weapons of WWII

The distinctive feature of the
Italian Army in World War II… was its poor and insufficient armament. Even though weapons produced at the famous
Italian arms factory Beretta were of the highest quality… the rest were known for their very low quality and obsoleteness. Since the Italian industry of the 1930s… was undermined by financial crisis and government bureaucracy… the production of weapons did not meet Mussolini’s imperial aspirations. The Glisenti M1910… was a standard pistol of the
Italian Army in World War I… but remained in service until the end of World War II. It fired a unique 9x19mm Glisenti round. It was quite unpopular in the army as it was considered a second-rate pistol. However, since the army was in desperate need for pistols… the Glisenti was issued to Army Reserves and Carabinieri Units. The Beretta M1934… was the most commonly used pistol
in the Italian Army during World War II. The pistol was made in two versions… The most common type… was chambered for 9x17mm quarto short rounds. And the less common version
was the M1935… which fired 7.65x17mm rounds
and was for the Air Force and Navy. The Beretta M1934 was a blowback action. Relatively small, very light, but had less power than most service pistols of the war. Because of its good quality… the Germans continued the production of the M1934… when they took over the Beretta factories in 1943. As with all other armies in the war… the Italians also used the old designed… single-shot rifles to arm infantry units. In their case, it was one of the
most outdated service rifles… the Carcano M1891. Since it was introduced in 1891… not much had changed about the
rifle until the Second World War. Its main features were a modified Mauser design bolt… and Mannlicher (Schönauer) magazine
holding six rounds. The magazine was loaded via loading a clip that couldn’t be ejected until the last round was fired. The Carcano fired old 6.5x52mm rounds. With a round nose bullet, they were obsolete
even during the First World War. During the Ethiopian campaign of 1935-37… Italian commanders realized all the weaknesses of the round. So they decided to introduce a new quite unusual… 7.35x51mm round. Rifles manufactured or modified to fire the new round were designated as M1891/38. However in 1940… it was realised that the Italian industry was not capable of producing large quantities of new rounds. So the Italians decided to switch back to the old 6.5mm rounds… and production of the 6.5mm chambered rifles. During the War, the Italians used several different versions of the Carcano rifle with two different calibers. Thanks to the engineers at the Beretta Factory… the Italians had one of the best
submachine guns of World War II. The Beretta M1938 submachine gun resembled
many contemporary submachine guns… but it was its quality of materials and
finishing that made it special. The weapon consisted of a long
polished wooden stock… with a steel tubular body and long barrel
protected by a perforated jacket. The first variant… the M1938A… had four slots cut into the muzzle compensator. All parts were made from machined steel, which added to the overall quality. The Beretta M1938 fired a standard
9x19mm parabellum round. There were several sizes of magazines holding 10… 20, 30, or 40 rounds. A trademark of [the] Beretta M1938 as well
as all other Beretta submachine guns… was the double trigger system. The rear trigger was used to fire full auto …and the one in front for semi-auto fire. With quality parts and a well-balanced mechanism… the M1938 was known as a weapon that rarely jammed and was therefore very popular among soldiers. It was also considered as a valuable war trophy. As the war took its toll on the Italian weapons industry… the high production cost of the M1938 had to be reduced. This led to the Beretta M1938/42… and subsequent variants that followed. The wooden stock was shortened… its firing mechanism simplified… and perforated barrel jacket was removed. The new machine gun still had the distinctive shape of the Beretta… but it was a far lower quality. However, it was also much cheaper… so it was produced in much larger quantities. The weakest category of the Italian arsenal of small infantry weapons… goes to its machine guns. The leader in machine gun production in Italy
was the Breda Company. They begun producing machine guns during World War I and continue to develop them after the war. One of their weapons was the
Breda M1930 Light Machine Gun. It was a weapon of quite awkward appearance
and very poor quality with a number of flaws. One important drawback was that the weapon recoiled violently as did the barrel. The rear and front sights were mounted to the body of the gun to compensate for this… and had to be re-zeroed each time
the barrel was changed. Another awkward solution… was a fixed folding magazine that was fed with stripper clips containing twenty 6.5x52mm rounds. The problem with such a magazine was that if it was broken, the entire weapon couldn’t be used. The biggest fault however, was also connected to its rounds… empty round cases were prone to jam inside the breech during firing. In order to limit this problem… the manufacturers provided the Breda M1930 with a small oil reservoir for greasing rounds before loading. The problem was that it made the entire mechanism too greasy… so it picked up a lot of debris and dirt. This drawback was especially obvious in Africa… where sand regularly stuck to oily parts
causing frequent jams. Being the only Light Machine Gun in the Italian Army… M1930s were deployed to every infantry squad. Due to its numerous drawbacks, it was the most unpopular weapon among Italian soldiers… and as soon as the war ended, it was
withdrawn from service. This machine gun was a modified
version of the Revelli M1914. Even though the weapon earned a
bad reputation during the First World War… the Italians had a narrow choice of machine guns
in the 1930s. M1914 were taken out of warehouses and were modified by replacing water-cooled with air-cooled barrels… and by introducing the new
more powerful 8x59mm round. The ten rounds strip feed box magazine
was updated to a belt feed. Although engineers did their best to
evade potential problems… the FIAT M1914/35 was no better than its predecessor. It had a low rate of fire, and it also had problems with oil and dirt… and was prone to malfunctions. Despite all its drawbacks… It was still produced in great numbers
and used until the end of the war. The Breda M1937 was the best Italian machine gun
of the Second World War. But it was still far from competing with other machine guns of the time. Unlike the two other machine guns… the M1937 was a gas-operated weapon and was therefore reliable in action. It also had problems with case extraction, but it was not as serious as the M1930 and M1914/35. A distinctive feature of the Breda M1937 was that it was fed by ten tray cassettes or strips. The interesting thing about these trays was that after each round was shot… the gun’s mechanism reinserted the empty case back into the tray. The reason behind this was so that the cases could be recycled at factories. While economical… this design feature could slow down the gunners assistant when reusing these trays in the heat of battle. Another drawback of the system was
that the trays only held 20 rounds… which meant that machine gun crews had to reload the weapon after each short burst. During World War II… Italian soldiers used three hand grenade models all carrying the same designation: Even though they had the same principle of operation, they were different in design and complexity of mechanism. The simplest and the smallest was the OTO Modello 35. (OTO Mod.35) It was loaded with thirty six grams of TNT and a lint ball filled with shrapnel. The more sophisticated and powerful design was
the Breda Modello 35. (Breda Mod.35) It was loaded with 63 grams of TNT and was larger. The SRCM Modella 35 (SRCM Mod.35) had
the most complicated mechanism. It had a charge of 43 grams of TNT which was wrapped with wire that dispersed into shrapnel after the explosion. The Modello 35 hand grenades were offensive grenades and had an explosive radius of 10 to 15 meters. They were also distinctive for their red color… which was the Italian official color code for the explosive. The interesting feature of all three models was
that they had an impact fuse… unlike standard hand grenades of World War II that had a timed chemical fuse. This meant that the Italian bombs were designed to explode immediately on impact. With a double safety system, Modello 35 grenades were very reliable… but misfires happened from time to time. In such occasions, they were still a threat since they were prone to detonate once they were picked up. It was because of this nasty habit… that British soldiers in North Africa nicknamed them “Red Devils”. What’s your favorite Italian
infantry weapon of World War II? Leave a comment below. Subscribe for more history videos… Hey guys, check out this Simple History merch on Teespring. There’s t-shirts, mugs, stickers, phone cases
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  1. Simple History Posted on March 17, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    What your favorite Italian Infantry weapon of WW2? (More faction videos coming soon)

  2. Thomas Marinaro Posted on October 27, 2019 at 6:35 am

    m1891 whatsammata with you hand signals with pizza mm EH OH round

  3. Kiku Honda Posted on October 28, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    Poderiam fazer mais vídeos assim falando também das armas dos exércitos alemão, britânico, soviético, americano e japonês.

  4. Zaller Mayhem Posted on October 28, 2019 at 11:35 pm

    French Infantry weapons: White flag

  5. Joshua Puckett Posted on October 29, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    The solders favorite weapons:FIRE IN THE HOLE weapon🤨

  6. Lucas Smith Posted on October 30, 2019 at 11:25 am

    You forgot the pasta, pizza, and the wine!

  7. James Newton Posted on October 30, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    We throw pizzas on our enemies and that will make them distracted and we just shoot them

  8. oh ! the music Man Posted on October 30, 2019 at 1:50 pm


  9. Artur The Noob Posted on October 30, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    How many design flaws can one make in a LMG??

    Chauchat: yes
    Breda 1930: all of them

  10. egg soup Posted on November 3, 2019 at 3:01 am

    It’s okay if the Italian military doesn’t have enough weapons for all its soldiers because it’s easy to find one in the kitchen:

  11. Adolf stalin Posted on November 3, 2019 at 9:59 am

    My favourite weapon of the Italian arsenal is……


  12. Madden Bain Posted on November 5, 2019 at 11:18 am

    Day 5 of nnn, the gun are looking hot

  13. Luke Molter Posted on November 7, 2019 at 5:52 am

    It’s funny how propaganda from 1941 still effects Italy today. Stop beliving the lie that Italy was useless in ww2

  14. ProudestSheep Posted on November 8, 2019 at 12:44 am

    You forgot their bleached flag imo.

  15. Krimson Crescent Posted on November 8, 2019 at 2:52 am

    never shot always dropped when allies appear

  16. Brian Wong Posted on November 8, 2019 at 9:00 am

    Only Carcano version not mentioned here: the M1941 model (same length as the classic, but with a shorter rear sight.)

  17. Maximus Ferdian Hoenady Posted on November 8, 2019 at 9:11 am

    The m1938 smg. Why? Because its realiable, powerful, it use 9×19 mm nato so, if im out of ammo i can get ammo from my smg teamate. And i dont need to switch the fire selector, just fire another triger.

  18. MarkYuri PH Posted on November 9, 2019 at 9:48 am

    You forgot "switch teams"

  19. CrusaderApex Posted on November 9, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    Mama Mia papa pia the weopon ergonomics had diarrhoea

  20. pcandpsplayer Posted on November 10, 2019 at 8:16 am

    The most unused things ever

  21. Luca Orlandi Posted on November 11, 2019 at 10:16 am

    The M1930 Breda and Fiat Revelli M1914 are my favourites

  22. Jan Goltz Posted on November 11, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    im a militaria collector and got my hands on a Carcano rifle a while ago.. the safety was stuck.. no problem happened often to those rifles as it turns out.. you just need to remove the bolt and disassemble it.. cant remove the bolt with safety on.

  23. Rhed Marcus Rustia Posted on November 12, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    coca cola grenade

  24. Jacob Tomakin Posted on November 13, 2019 at 12:22 am

    Hai mai solo commentare in italiano

  25. potato squad Posted on November 17, 2019 at 2:37 am

    My favorite Italian weapon has to be the original Breda submachine gun

  26. Ezts Holt Posted on November 17, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    Is this video about an alternate reality where the Italians sucked in WW2, using plain old boring guns instead of pizzas?

  27. Mateo Y Posted on November 19, 2019 at 6:04 am

    The grenades are the best, definitly

  28. Gary Breedlove Posted on November 19, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    M1930… the only weapon in italy that literally fucking runs on olive oil…

  29. Dane Conroy Posted on November 19, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    I am very curious why they didnt try to get aid from germany via weapon and tank shipments

  30. bulez jassy Posted on November 20, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    The grenades by far are the best.

  31. Vice Posted on November 20, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    Everyone joke about Italian but the mab 38 is the best gun of Ww2, the beretta pistol is the more produced weapons in the USA, the carcano 1897 was the best rifle of history, he was actually used in Libian Civil War in 2011 and he was used for killing Kennedy….. Breda 37 was the third best machine gun after mg42 and browling…..only the Breda 30 was a worst gun

  32. Nazi germany third riech Posted on November 21, 2019 at 2:13 am


  33. Larry Foulke Posted on November 23, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    Italy had an army?

  34. Muhammad Muizzudin Posted on November 24, 2019 at 1:18 am

    they still want ww1 rifle

  35. jscarter28 Posted on November 24, 2019 at 5:49 am

    This is Another set in the WWII dlc

  36. Mr. potatoe Posted on November 25, 2019 at 2:16 am

    You did this video because you didn’t include the Italian weapons in ww2 infantry weapons

  37. Precious Doge Posted on November 25, 2019 at 2:49 am

    This video was sponsored by the Beretta Weapons Company

  38. Jett Z85 Posted on November 25, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    The problem with the smg Mab 38 ecc is the fact that apart the paratroopers of Folgore and Cervino Alpini, the italian army didnt have it. Only carabinieri some nevy troops. Crazy isnt? Only from 1944 the Salò Repubblic had it but..well was late.

  39. c h o n k b o i Posted on November 27, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    The most dangerous weapon is definitely a whole pizza and backstabbing Germany

  40. A fat cat from sweden Posted on November 29, 2019 at 11:44 am

    The hand grenades were quite feared weren’t they?

  41. BattleBrixStudios Posted on November 30, 2019 at 6:51 am

    I would love to see a Russian weapons video or a Japanese weapons video!:)

  42. Dave Zwerts Posted on November 30, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    I really love the Carcano M1891 . It's very accurate, en had in 10 years not 1 missfire or problem. Ok if I have to choose between my mauser k98 or the 1891 , I take the mauser with me .

  43. Retarded Studio Posted on December 1, 2019 at 5:30 am

    Pizza-land and the Not so great but okay war.

  44. Mini GamerPH Posted on December 1, 2019 at 6:05 am

    I see no spaghetti, i had regretti

  45. Tiglatus Posted on December 1, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    Italian weapons and soldiers, was, is and will the worst in the world!!!! Betray is their job!!!!

  46. _jeff _ Posted on December 2, 2019 at 5:10 am

    is that a marinara sauce can as a grenade?

  47. Mat Posted on December 2, 2019 at 11:28 am

    7. Canned Pepperoni Pizza

  48. Cristian Villanueva Posted on December 2, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    10 round magazine? Trash!

  49. CryHeroCZ Posted on December 3, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    Could you do more of these nation focused weapons videos? Those are awesome!

  50. patrick lucas Posted on December 4, 2019 at 8:33 am

    Make polish ww2 infantry weapon pls
    Make a video of infantry weapons that unpopular like this.

  51. Thierry Van Driessche Posted on December 4, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    Does it shoot pasta?


  52. Alex Lopez Posted on December 4, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    That's what happens when you don't have money

  53. Washita Music and More! Posted on December 5, 2019 at 1:46 am

    * people in the comments when they see this video. * PIZZA PIZZA MARIO

  54. Paul Ferrari Posted on December 5, 2019 at 6:52 am

    What a mess.

  55. 【waveless】 【time】 Posted on December 5, 2019 at 10:38 am

    so basically Carcano just Poor Mans Mosin Nagant?

  56. Acidic_Meekail Posted on December 6, 2019 at 2:35 am

    Why were there so many Breda,s

  57. RandomGamer 218 Posted on December 6, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    Italy: gets attacked
    Italy: quello non è stato il momento della tua pizza

  58. Freddie Mercury Posted on December 7, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    Stop talking bout pizza users as weapons, I am part Italian.

  59. S&W M&P15 AKA Riley the Onni fan Posted on December 8, 2019 at 2:03 am

    I'm pretty sure Lee Harvey Oswald used an Italian Carcano rifle

  60. spidey central Posted on December 8, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    I'm surprised the Italians had the best anything during ww2

  61. Bailey Clifford Posted on December 9, 2019 at 1:12 am

    chauchat m1915: Im the worst machine gun ever produced
    Breda m1930: Hold my spaghetti

  62. Gerd von Rundstedt Posted on December 9, 2019 at 2:01 am

    I expected reinforced speggeti

  63. Ryder CLASSIFIED Posted on December 9, 2019 at 4:57 am

    When I saw the Beretta M1938 SMG I swear I thought:
    What is the Suomi-KP SMG doing here?

  64. Mega MindMute Posted on December 9, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    LLMG=linguine light machine gun

  65. Bigus Dickus Posted on December 9, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    My favorite ones are the machine guns. Their designs are so innovative while outdated, so ingenious yet utterly pointless, they are like weaponized paradoxes.

  66. Pee Pee Pants City Posted on December 9, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Throws pizza to enemies

  67. Nic TheCow Posted on December 10, 2019 at 12:05 am

    MAB 38 was builded for 9×19 M38, not for parabellum

  68. Favor Posted on December 10, 2019 at 6:28 am

    Finally The Mandalorian's Rifle

  69. Evan V Posted on December 11, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    2:47 Lee Harvey Oswald: interesting

  70. Klark Koger Posted on December 12, 2019 at 2:00 am

    Carcano M1891 is my favorite gun because I have a wooden version of it plus I play Call of Duty World War II it's my favorite gun

  71. Brady Fries Posted on December 12, 2019 at 2:10 am

    I wanna see this in bfv

  72. spinnirack Roberts Posted on December 12, 2019 at 5:51 am

    Ah yes a nice reliable grenade with a small habit of exploding when picked up

  73. mustang the kitten Posted on December 13, 2019 at 6:10 am

    Da PIAT

  74. Diesel Johnson Posted on December 13, 2019 at 6:28 am

    Red devils

  75. I M S E L L I N G U N S B O I Posted on December 13, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    My favorite weapon was the Bubonic plague. Sadly it got canceled for backfiring

  76. I M S E L L I N G U N S B O I Posted on December 13, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    Nobody in the entire multiverse:
    The Italian grenade: I'm a Water bottle

  77. Bulkysine TV Posted on December 13, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    O la vittoria tutti accoppati!

  78. Autistic kid Posted on December 13, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    Make one about finnish guns

  79. T.V Pines74 Posted on December 14, 2019 at 3:17 am

    The world when Italy lost to Greece-😂😂😂

  80. breci bros Posted on December 14, 2019 at 4:45 am

    What about the BREDA PG 1935

  81. Winchester Chua Posted on December 14, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    Lebel 1886 vs Carcano 1891
    Which do you think is gonna win?

  82. Brady Fries Posted on December 14, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Do a video on Japanese weapons

  83. Literally Cancer Posted on December 15, 2019 at 5:24 am

    1. the meatball launcher

  84. Róbert Balázs Lőrincz Posted on December 15, 2019 at 6:12 am

    3:03 then why not convert the obsolete round (literally just cut off parts of the front so its a pyramid like thing) so it isnt obsolete?

  85. GirdleMcSturtle Posted on December 15, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    italian grenades be lookin like they hiding mama's spaghetti sauce.

  86. CommiekillingAnon I_Would_RatherFuck_A_Rifle Posted on December 16, 2019 at 7:12 am

    The rounds were very flat shooting and work. Vance for you know I would work one error intermediate around but you know the US military uses would you like a 556 station now instead of a 30 count or seven 9 x 2 or 1130 at six whatever’s to o

  87. Herm Wanderer Posted on December 17, 2019 at 1:40 am

    And today we will be talking about crap

  88. Onward Turtle Posted on December 17, 2019 at 6:21 am

    Long live Mussolini

  89. Lockheed AC 130 Posted on December 17, 2019 at 9:14 am

    When you manufacture the worst light machine gun but you make the best HMG in the army

  90. Marko ožbolt Posted on December 18, 2019 at 9:07 am

    I found bareta gun in my grandfather shed with 21 bullets

  91. Berserker 101 Posted on December 19, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    Did anyone notice that he didn’t pull the trigger when he shoot

  92. Sergio Parias Posted on December 19, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    viva l'italia db!!!!

  93. RedRaptor420 Posted on December 20, 2019 at 1:28 am

    Did every single one of these guns suck or is that just me

  94. Traci Haynes Posted on December 20, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    The French soldiers greatest weapon

    The baguette and wine

  95. Southern Hunter Posted on December 21, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    I have a Beretta 9 Corto that my grandfather brought back from ww2. He was in Italy during the war. Don't know for sure but I believe he got it from Italian officer pow. It has "1941" on the side of the pistol. I've fired it a few times,and shoots well. I keep it in my nightstand….in case someone breaks into my house.👍

  96. Michael Averna Posted on December 22, 2019 at 4:52 am

    Soldiers in heaven
    Soldier 1:oh I feel so stupid
    Soldier 2:what what happened
    Soldier 1:I was killed by an Italian soldier with an Italian weapon
    Soldier 2: oo was it a Beretta weapon
    Soldier 1: no a Breda weapon
    Soldier2: snickers BAHAHAHAHAHA

  97. AM G Posted on December 22, 2019 at 8:16 am

    Italian weapons greasy, oily and unreliable. Who would have thought

  98. Gardener Posted on December 22, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    My favorite is the m1938.

  99. alejandro flores Posted on December 23, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    When Japoneses Infantes weapon WWII