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By Cesar Campiani Maximiano

Within the English-speaking international, it's in most cases unknown volunteer Brazilian Expeditionary strength (FEB) fought along the U.S. military in Italy from mid-1944 until eventually the top of global battle II (1939-1945). This used to be in influence a gentle infantry department, which include 3 infantry regiments augmented with artillery and light-weight armour. It used to be supported by means of a Brazilian Air strength contingent of a gentle reconnaissance squadron in addition to a P-47 Thunderbolt-equipped fighter squadron. even though all guns, uniform, equipment and kit have been both American-supplied or American types, there have been special Brazilian diversifications to uniforms and different key items of equipment. this can be a heavily researched quantity on a little-studied material whole with a number formerly unpublished images and especially commissioned paintings plates.

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F 1 : S E C O N D L I E U T E N A N T P I L O T, B R AZ I L I A N AI R F O R C E 1 s t F I G H T E R S Q U AD R O N ; P I S A, 1 9 4 5 This figure is based on a photo of Segundo-tenente-aviador Alberto Martins Torres, a reserve aviator born in Norfolk, VA, the son of a Brazilian diplomat. On July 31, 1943, while flying a PBY Catalina, he had sunk the German submarine U-199 after it had been damaged by a US Navy PBM Mariner and a Brazilian Air Force Lockheed Hudson. He went on to complete 99 combat missions in Italy – the greatest number recorded by any Brazilian pilot.

45 revolver holster; canteen with carrier; and first aid pouch. ) Infantrymen and medics received ammo belts, complete haversacks, first aid pouches, and canteens; artillerymen, cavalrymen, and officers of all branches were issued reduced field gear, such as pistol belts, carbine ammo pouches, holsters as appropriate, suspenders, and musette bags. In spite of the difficulties faced during the organization of the FEB, one cannot say that lessons were learned in terms of the development of up-to-date equipment and uniforms for the postwar Brazilian Army.

Com among enlisted men, who used the spare cloth to make breast pockets, and it was officially adopted in the plan of uniforms devised by the divisional HQ in Italy in March 1945. During the campaign the Brazilians also received a large number of US garments, the most common items being the “M41” or Parsons field jacket, and, during the winter, the M1938 overcoat, the M42 parka, and the zip-front winter combat jacket and bib-front overtrousers – the so-called “tanker” clothing. The Brazilians received a hat that was an identical copy of the US “Daisy Mae” fatigue hat, but these were very seldom seen overseas.

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