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Roger 12-24-2006 03:44 AM

Militarized Scooter
Militarized Vespa scooters outfitted with a 75mm recoilless rifle

After World War II, there was little money for defense spending while the nations of Europe rebuilt their industry and society. When there was some cash to spend, one had to be creative to stretch it as far as possible. The French probably accomplished the most astounding example of that with the ACMA Troupes Aeról Portées Mle. 56. Deployed with their airborne forces, this was essentially a militarized Vespa scooter outfitted with a 75mm recoilless rifle. Five parachutes would carry the two-man gun crew, weapon, ammunition, and two scooters safely to earth, and the men would load the weapon on one scooter and the ammo on the other, then ride away. More impressively, the recoilless rifle could be fired effectively on the move by the best of the gun crews. Total cost? About $500 for the scooter and the recoilless rifle was war surplus. Were they successful military machines? Well, the French Army deployed about 800 armed scooters in wars conducted in both Algeria and Indochina.

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The-Duke 12-25-2006 02:51 AM

All i will say i do not want to ride that and fire it

The Duke

PT-The Italian Commie 12-25-2006 09:07 AM

All I will say is that I want one! :a11:

cerberus 12-31-2006 04:17 PM

:MDR85: :MDR85: :MDR85: :MDR85:I want to see video. The hilarious possibilities are endless!!!!!

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