Re: when and where was your !st encounter with the m1 garand
blackcat Attilio: Buona sera.
I don't know whether you were in the Infantry, but what sort of combat training did they have in the Infantry?
Any long marches in the Alps, or the foothills, such as near Aviano AFB etc?
I've heard from co-workers and others how beautiful it is up there.
My family was in Roma, Firenza and Venezia a few years ago.