Historical Query…although SMI had started making German-Style grey lacquered Steel cases before the Italian collapse of September 43, it was only under German control from then to Late 1944/Early 45, when the Tuscany factories were over-run by the Allies. Thus I would surmise that all the cartridges marked in the German Manner ( SMI St 1 44) were for direct Wehrmacht use, whilst those with only a plain SMI 44 were for RSI (Italian) Use, as was the practice before Sept.1943???
or for that matter, any SMI dated 45?
The paucity of examples of SMI 43 and 44 dates on Steel cases (of any calibre, it seems that 9x19 was the most common),
seems to show that most of this ammo was virtually delivered straight to the consuming units and used.
Any comments on my suppositions?
BTW, RSI units, besides 6,5mm Carcano ammo, also used large quantities of 7,9 ammo with German supplied Small Arms, all over the Northern Italy Sector, especially in the East against Tito.
As to the “RM” marked cartridge ( in German Style) RM was an inspector at Bologna (Govt) Factory in the late war period…so was this ammo for Italy(RSI) or for Germany? Bologna ceased production in late 44, when British and New Zealand troops occupied it.
The Confused supply situation in the RSI from 1943 to 1945 give rise to a lot of Questions of who made what for whom, when and why?
Something for the aficionados to ponder…