Forum

Vespa 125 TAP

Somehow I must have missed the Vespa varient in my local showroom in Southend on Sea. I think it might have been a slight deterrent to the local rockers!!!!!!

 It is named the Vespa 150 TAP (Troupes Aéro Portées) and it’s an Italian Vespa scooter modified by creating a hole in the leg shield to carry a M20 75 mm recoilless rifle. The recoil or ‘kick’ from the rifle was counter balanced by venting propellant gases out the rear of the weapon; this eliminated the need for heavy mounts, and enabled the weapon to be fired from the Vespa frame. Due to the lack of any kind of aiming devices, the recoilless rifle was supposed to be mounted on a tripod, which was also carried by the scooter. Primarily built by the French for the Algerian War in the 1950s, five parachutes could carry a two-man gun crew, weapon, ammunition, and two scooters. Then the men would load the weapon on one scooter and the ammo on the other, before riding away to find their enemy

You need to be a member of The Mod Generation to add comments!

Join The Mod Generation

Email me when people reply –

PLEASE SEARCH SITE BEFORE ADDING 'NEW' DISCUSSIONS: