Quote of the Week: Vladimir Peniakoff

Speaking about his time leading a group of Arab soldiers in Libya prior to his involvement in the LRDG:

We also obtained captured Italian machine guns: these weapons of a new design of extreme ingenuity, light, pleasant to handle and of a good appearance, had only one fault: they wouldn’t fire. I tested many: under the best of conditions, when spotlessly clean and oiled precisely to the right degree, they couldn’t be relied upon to fire more than a burst or two…

From Popski’s Private Army. Presumably he is talking about the Breda M30, although I would maybe take issue with the “good appearance” part…