Juha Tompuri wrote: ↑09 Mar 2019 12:30
https://kirjapino.fi/product/itsenaisen ... tatykit-2/
According to above (if I understood correctly) the first 8 guns from Hungary came during spring(?) -39 (were ready when the war broke out) and 22 during the extra rehersals.
December -39 Germany confiscated the batch of 12 guns on their way via Germany to Finland. After Winter War, during the spring -40, Germany released those 12 guns to Finland.
I found two Finnish books on the issue,
"Itsenäisen Suomen ilmatorjuntatykit 1917- 2000" and Palmu Pentti's "Soumen ilmatarjunnan vaiheita 1925-1990"
I have copied a few pages from the above books - Swedish army muséum has arefernce library but it is more administrative work to actually borrow the books than just read it in situ.
And not to forgetting Talvisodan Historia part 4
Terry Gardners book on the 40mm Bofors also contains some data on Finland.
Swedish printed sources almost exclusively uses a list provided to PA Hanson after the winter war but that lists what Swedish government allowed to be sent not when and what was actually sent. The numbers seems rather consistent but the dates does not fit Finnish data.
In page 54 in "Soumen ilmatarjunnan vaiheita 1925-1990",there is a table of available guns at different times and if I understands it correct the source is given as Ev. K. Huuhka.
can anyone help me about the work of colonel(?) Huuhka ?
I think it would be a good idea to start with the Finnish Navy's inventory, hopefully reducing the confusion a bit.
And then to the translation assistance:
Bought from Sweden 68 guns in fieldmounts and 4 naval mount.Soumen ilmatarjunnan vaiheita 1925-1990, Page 52 wrote: Ruotsista ja sen kautta saatiin 68 kpl 40 mm;n kenttälavettisia ja 4 kpl laivastolavettisisa
Anyone knows if "laivastolavettisisa" also can be used for any fixed mount?
Or are these specific naval mounts?
The two 40mm Bofors guns used by Swedish volunteers(SFK) in Turku had Swedish designation M/36 and
had previously been used aboard the Swedish auxilliary minlayer "Drottning Victoria.
So they where actual naval mounts.
But as they where in SFK, Finnish sources seems to count them out,
until transferred to Finnish units when SFK demobilized.
Thus counted as delivieries during the interim peace.
Bofors also supplied four fixed mounts from their Dutch order in January 1940.
And 40mm inventory at some dates:
Soumen ilmatarjunnan vaiheita 1925-1990, Page 54 wrote: 6 oct 9
30 Nov 53 *
31 Dec 78
2 Feb 78
* Näistä meripoulustuksella oli 16 kpl ja koulutusyksiköillä muutamia
Kaikkiaan saatiin maahan sodan aikana n. 120 kpl.
* Of these Navy had 16 pieces and a few in training units.
In total there were about 120 pieces in the country during the war.
These 16 Navy guns where ordinary field mounts from the Hungarian order?
Cheers from John T,
looking for any advice