ARpilot sent us this photo of a Thompson submachine gun Model 1919  replica being used by reenactors celebrating the anniversary of the liberation of Italy. He wrote …

Today, April 25, 2015, the 70th anniversary of the liberation of my country from the Nazi-fascist dictatorship by the Allied troops and the end of World War II in Italy. The photographs that I send you are part of a photographic project, subjects depicted are re-enactors and photos were made using machines and photographic techniques of the time. Here is the website where you can see the other pictures.

Freedom is all too easy to take for granted. Having never lost it, I sometimes wonder if I truly appreciate it.



    Liberated from itself by the enemy! Wow! What a spin!

    • Actually the government ditched Mussolini ( they also got him in prison, see Operation Oak) and joined the Allies with the lower half of the country, while the upper half got invaded by Germany and had a puppet government.

  • iksnilol

    I have a love-hate relationship with the Thompson. On one hand it is too expensive to feed, heavy and short ranged but on the other hand it is a Thompson and can ruin anybodys day (I even know of people who used them against armored soldiers, something about the high ROF helped).

    Decisions, decisions.

    • Rodford Smith

      Well, no-one has ever made a piece of equipment light enough for a foot soldier. 🙂

      • iksnilol

        Yeah, but 5 kg without ammo is a bit much for a weapon that won’t be used past 150 meters.

        • kg? Meters? What is that in freedoms?

      • ghost

        There was a time we carried battle rifles, ammo, shared loads, whatever, but did not wear 100# of body armor. Speed was essential, get the hell out of the killing zone. We did not ride in glorified trucks. We were the 101st, 1st Brigade, Some of us were from the 173rd transferred from Okinawa, we had been training in jungle warfare for 18 months, carrying M-14s, and gear, up mountains, thru swamps, “jungle”. We were told that we were never to move in the jungle at night, then we spent months doing just that. We had no hi tech stuff, a spot on a soft cap in front of us. We went thru brush with M-14s like deer with antlers. We did not sweep with the rifle, we kept it center and used our eyes. At the time, the average Airborne trooper was 5’8 and weighed in the vicinity of 150#. I was 5’4 and 120#. Have we gotten weaker over the years? Or, just loaded down with bullshit? Our military is still strong, our government is still weak. It is still using the military as mercenaries in foreign wars, ever since Vietnam.

  • Liberazione italiana (italian liberation) would be more correct, thank you for posting something for my country, BTW! 😀

  • Graham2

    Sorry to be critical Steve and ARpilot but that’ll be an M1 or M1A1, not a Model 1919.

  • It’s funny that in some Italian WW2 propaganda posters Americans are depicted as Tommy-gun wielding Italian mobsters. But then I remember that Mussolini went to extraordinary lengths to break the Sicilian Mafia.

  • MR

    Some nice photos on the link, almost make you think they’re real deal pics from the liberation. Then you notice the Sushi/Asian Fusion diner in the background.

  • PaulG

    Um ‘…Thompson submachinegun Model 1919’? That is an M1A1 Thompson isn’t it?

  • ghost

    If I had a Thompson, who is going to argue?

  • Vitsaus

    Italy was liberated in 1922.

    • Claudio

      What? The March on Rome?? but please!