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Mystery Motorcycle in Vintage Photo

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Can anyone help me identify what kind of motorcycle this is? Please excuse the poor quality image but it's the only picture I have. 

vintage motorcycle photo 

All I know is that this pic was taken sometime between 1935 and 1945, and the rider served in the Italian military. This pic was likely taken either in Abyssinia (Ethiopia) during the mid 1930s or in North Africa during World War II. Is it a Moto Guzzi Alce Monoposto?

Any help at all would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!