My Great Uncle fought with the New Zealand 18th Armoured Regiment in Italy during WW2. During his service he attended the RAC School CMF – Gunnery Wing for 5 days from 16 Oct to 21 Oct 1944 completing the 17-pdr conversion course. I am struggling to find out anything about even where the RAC School was based in Italy during this time so any hints, tips or any information would be greatly appreciated.
My money would be on Caserta. The RAC School would need to have had access to field firing ranges and be anywhere south of Florence. The Italians set up their Armoured Troops School at Caserta in 1947 and any sensible person may well have opted for facilities built and then left behind by the Allies at the end of the war.
The Cavalry School was in Turin, which was in German hands until the end of the war so that could not have been the RAC School site.
Thanks so much for the offer – that’s very kind. Are you planning a trip to the archives yourself? I wouldn’t want you to invest your time and effort just for my question. It would be a bit rude of me to expect you to do that. I am based in London so perhaps this is something I can follow up myself.