Continuing his tour of Italian Army, Navy and Airforce units stationed around Venice, the British Defence Minister, Mr.
Continuing his tour of Italian Army, Navy and Airforce units stationed around Venice, the British Defence Minister, Mr.Duncan Sandys, paid a visit to the crack Division of the Italian Army, the Ariete, at Pordenone.
At the nearby airport, to meet Mr.Sandys, was a guard of honour, composed of members of the 132nd.Regiment, (Tank Division). After inspecting the guard, he boarded a small caterpillar truck, similar to the Bren-gun carrier, and inspected a group of tanks used by the 132nd.
Accompanied by senior officers of the Italian Army, and the British Chief of Staff, General MacLeod, and the British Military Attache, Col.Fullerton, Duncan Sandys viewed a parade of tanks, moving in formation, and low flying aircraft.
The next part of his tour took him to the headquarters of the 8th, Bersaglieri Regiment, also based at Pordenone. This Regiment was raised towards the end of the last century, during the Italian War of Independence, by General Lamarmora. From a position close to the bronze bust of General Lamarmora Mr.Sandys watched a series of demonstrations by the Basaglieri troops on the parade ground. An interesting feature of this regiment is that on parade the always march at the double.
Shortly afterwards, Mr.Sandys went to the Italian Army Lancers' headquarters, where troops on duty were armed with old fashioned lances specially for the occasion. Mr.Sandys' host was General Searpa, Commander of the 5th. Corps of the Italian Army.
The main purpose of his visit has been to discuss with members of the Italian Government, including President Gronchi, defence problems common to Britain and Italy.