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CASERMA UGO MARA, SOLBIATE OLONA, VARESE, LOMBARDY, ITALY



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Location Category ID:
5155
Address: NRDC-ITA, Public Affairs Office, Ugo Mara Barracks, Via per Busto Arsizio 20, 21058 Solbiate Olona
Telephone: 0039 0331 34 5111
Email: hrf.media [at] libero.it (Replace [at] with @)
Opening Times: Contact the Public Affairs office.
Official Website: NRDC-ITA
Other Links: NRDC brochure
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Latitude, Longitude: 45.64284054 , 8.85965824
Location Accuracy: 7
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The NATO Rapid Deployable Corps (Italy), or NRDC-ITA, is a multinational NATO headquarters based in the Ugo Mara barracks at Solbiate Olona, close to Milan. The barracks were originally created during the First World War as a prison camp for Czechoslovak prisoners. It is now a multinational NATO headquarters with more than 2000 military and civilian personnel from 15 NATO nations.
The history of the Corps’ insignia goes back to the Italian 3rd Celere Division which during WWII fought in the Yugoslav Campaign (1941) and in Russia (1942) within the Italian Expeditionary Corps. In 1957, the 3rd ITA Corps was established in Milan, in 1998 it was transformed in the Project Forces Headquarters (FOP) before, in 2001, it took on its current role as a High Readiness Force HQ. Some 70% of personnel are provided by Italy with the remaining 30% made up of officers and NCOs from other NATO nations.

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Location ID:
5155
Latitude, Longitude:45.64284054, 8.85965824
Location Accuracy:7



1) M4A4 Sherman Dozer American


Number of Photos:
6
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Unique ID: 1068
Serial Number: 21596 (source: M. Foti).
Registration:
Name:
Other Identification: Distinctive casting mark in the turret rear indicating the turret was manufactured by American Steel Foundries Cast Armor Plant in East Chicago, Indiana, USA. Unit marking painted on superstructure sides (red, blue, yellow and green rectangles indicating a Battalion Commander in a four company battalion). Fitted with rubber chevron track.

This Sherman Dozer is missing its dozer blade but retains the mountings for it on its suspension. It also has unusual fittings on the hull sides; these may be for carrying spare track blocks.


2) M47 Patton Tank American / Italian


Number of Photos:
5
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Unique ID: 1069
Serial Number:
Registration: “RE 108212” painted on nose.
Name:
Other Identification: Unit marking painted on turret sides (red, blue, yellow and green rectangles indicating a Battalion Commander in a four company battalion).

This is a late production version with ‘T’-shaped muzzle brake.


3) L3/38 Tankette Italian


Number of Photos:
8
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Unique ID: 1066
Serial Number:
Registration: “RE 716” painted on rear plate.
Name:
Other Identification: Painted overall pale green as used by Italian forces early in World War 2. Unit marking on superstructure sides (blue rectangle with single white stripe indicating First Platoon of Second Company).

This L3 is mounted as a monument on a stone and concrete plinth. Its machine guns are fake.


4) Carro Armato L6/40 Light Tank Italian


Number of Photos:
12
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Unique ID: 1067
Serial Number:
Registration: “RE 4053” previously seen painted on nose.
Name:
Other Identification: Painted overall sand yellow.

In the 1950’s this tank was set up as a monument inside an Army barracks in Vercelli. At that time it was missing its turret and this configuration may indicate it had been used as a turretless tractor by the Germans. After that it was moved to the Caserma Cadorna in Legnano (about 5km south of Solbiate Olona). There it was displayed with a fake turret made of sheet metal. It was restored by OTO Melara some years ago and now has a better steel replica turret. Other parts are also not original, including the lifting jack, antenna, glacis lights and some roadwheels. (Source: M. Foti).
When in Legnano it was displayed on a stone and concrete plinth and was painted overall in a brown and sand camouflage scheme. At that time it carried the registration number “RE 4053” painted on its nose.