Sunday, October 15, 2017

World War 2, Italy’s “Last Ditch” TZ-45 submachine gun.




All the TZ 45's were issued to Repubblica Sociale Italiana units fighting against Italian partisan forces during the civil war in Northern Italy (1944–45). The gun was emerged from WW2 with a poor reputation for reliability, style of the manufacture and poor finish, it was not liked. Manufacturing rights for the gun were later sold to the Burmese army where it was manufactured as the BA-52 and colloquially known as the "Ne Win STEN". The Burmese copies were roughly manufactured and unreliable, but they remained in service into the mid-1980s with their infantry and even into the early 1990s with support troops.