Motociclisti Platoon (Early & Mid War)
Moto Guzzi Alce
At the start of 1942, each Bersaglieri regiment and reconnaissance battalion had a Compagnia Motociclisti.
The Bersaglieri Motociclisti rode the legendary Moto Guzzi Alce (pronounced al-cheh), or Elk, introduced in 1938 for military use as reconnaissance and convoy escort.
It featured a handlebar-mounting for the squad’s Breda 30 light machine-gun. Obviously this machine gun could only be operated when the motorcycle was stationary!
The Moto Guzzi Alce was produced between 1939-1945 and 6390 were built. The engine was a singe cylinder, 4-stroke, 498cc engine generating 13hp.
Officially each Squad or Section has one motorcycle with a sidecar for two of the soldiers and one motorcycle each for the rest. Most units were short of motorcycles and doubled up with two men on each motorcycle and many did without sidecars.