Bofors 40mm in Greek service?

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Bofors 40mm in Greek service?

Post by nuyt » 09 Jun 2007 09:57

Did the Greeks have this weapon in 1940? Who has a picture?

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Post by Fabi » 09 Jun 2007 10:24

This is a foto of WWII in color:
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I'm quite sure they used Bredas but I don't know if they had Bofors before the Commonwealth intervention.

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Post by Sitzkrieg » 10 Jun 2007 18:48

We had 20mm Rheinmetall Flak 30 and Oerlikon, 37mm Flak 18, 75mm Bofors, 88mm Krupp, and there are pics showing 40mm Bofors guns with joint Greek/Commonwealth crews, but the first 40mm Bofors must have been issued to the Free Greek Forces in North Africa.

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Post by nuyt » 10 Jun 2007 19:41

tks both.

The Swedish govt impounded Greek Bofors 40mm on the production line, according to Fransson. So possibly none arrived before the outbreak of WW2....

Do you know how many Bofors 75mm were available? Also some Swedish sources state these were 76,2mm...?

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Post by Sitzkrieg » 10 Jun 2007 20:00

I don't have my books here at the office, but I can check them at home (if I have the time).

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Post by nuyt » 10 Jun 2007 20:04

Tks, Sitz!

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Post by Leon57 » 15 Jun 2007 09:52

Sitzkrieg wrote:We had 20mm Rheinmetall Flak 30 and Oerlikon ...


Could anyone identify an AA weapon shown on the 2nd photo http://greekmilitary.net/WW2.htm ? :roll:

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Post by Sitzkrieg » 15 Jun 2007 10:14

If you mean http://greekmilitary.net/WW2/2003976433318363763_rs.jpg , it's a Hotchkiss 13mm weapon.

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Post by nuyt » 15 Jun 2007 10:16

Hmm, the H 13mm was also produced by FN....

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Post by Sitzkrieg » 15 Jun 2007 10:16

nuyt wrote:Tks, Sitz!

Nuyt, I've been up to my neck in work, and can't do anything till Tuesday. Monday evening at the earliest.

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Post by Sitzkrieg » 15 Jun 2007 10:20

Update: Hotchkiss Mle 1930 13,2mm. (From Hutchinson's Pictorial History Of WW-II, a Greek publication on Artillery history and Corbis)
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Post by nuyt » 15 Jun 2007 10:30

No problem Sitz! Work's no 1...

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Post by Leon57 » 15 Jun 2007 11:21

Thanks for very fast answer, guys! Nice photos, Sitzkrieg! :D Do you happen to know how many of 13.2 mm Hotchkiss MGs, German Flak30 and Oerlikon guns Greeks had (for comparison)? Have you any photos of Oerlikons in Greek service? :roll:

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Post by Sitzkrieg » 15 Jun 2007 11:33

Numbers, I do not remember. Oerlikon... Hmm, there is a photo found in a Greek magazine of an Oerlikon (although the caption says Rheinmetall, it could be an Oerlikon....) on a Hansa-Lloyd truck:
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Post by Leon57 » 15 Jun 2007 13:27

Sitzkrieg wrote:Numbers, I do not remember. Oerlikon... Hmm, there is a photo found in a Greek magazine of an Oerlikon (although the caption says Rheinmetall, it could be an Oerlikon....) on a Hansa-Lloyd truck


The guns don't look like Oerlikon to me! But on the other hand, gun mounting doesn't look like German 20mm Flak too... :? So let's wait nuyt! :wink:

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