6.5x52 Carcano "P.V C-43"

The old forum has P.V. as P.V Vincenzo Pascarello Pirotecnico di Capua From 1943 to 1946. Italy has surrendered in 1945 so, if correct, it means old Vinny continued working for the Allies. Why would they let old guard be in charge, weren’t they suspicious? And why did they need ammo production running with all that captured Carcano ammo?

It was standard U.S. Military Government practice to leave as many
of the local personnel as possible in their jobs as practical. There were
inquiries, and and in many cases lengthy investigations, into people
suspected of war crimes or any other disqualifying situation (in the eyes
of the allies).

Italy was a special case anyway, for many reasons. I believe that Italy, in
the technical sense, did not “surrender,” but rather changed sides after
the removal of Mussolini and his primary followers, from the Italian Government.
Not positive of that. I am even forgetting my history lately.

However, as long as “de-Nazified” they did the same thing in Germany. In Japan,
it was the same. In some of the previously Japanese-occupied territories, they
even rearmed the former Japanese Army of Occupation troops to help keep law
and order, but under strict allied supervision.

There would likely be no special reason for removing an inspector in an ammunition
factory, without some over-riding issue involved with him.


For a large part of 1943 Capua was in Axis (Italian and/or German) hands, so the issue of old guard and the allies would not necessarily have been at issue. This was likely produced when the Allied armies were still several mountain ranges to the south. Jack

Jack is correct. My answer was directed at that part of the question
about the retention of factory personnel after the Italian “surrender,” rather
than the precise cartridge (1943-date) pictured.