Sturm78 wrote: ↑
16 Dec 2021 21:07
Your answer has generated several doubts:
First, I think the guns in the Nettuno battery photo are not the same as the gun in my photo taken in Albania. The barrel of the gun in my photo has two steps while the guns of your photo only have one step in their tubes. Nor the shield is the same if one looks closely......
Second, the gun of the images marked with the MCRR watermark, although the photos are of poor quality, they also seem to have only one step on their tubes, which does not seem to match with the barrel in my image, either. They have a large brake / recovery mechanism cylinder on top of the tube, which seems to indeed indicate a 152-40 but I don't know the exact model. It would be the same model as that rail gun of the third image of this post
In conclusion, although all the guns in the photos in this post appear to be 152mm L40 guns, I don't know for sure which model any of them are...
The truth is that the issue of coastal / naval guns is sometimes quite confusing.....
i had previously seen your own photo with the caption "Saseno", and since in Saseno there was actually a battery with the 152/40 I was quite calm.
Today I did a more thorough search, and comparing the photos I saw that the shield matches that of this other photo (especially the strip at the base of the shield):
it is a 149/43 K. 1914, embarked on the WW1 German cruisers given to Italy in the 1920s.
149/43 K. 1914 was the Italian denomination of the Krupp 15 cm / 45 SK L / 45 gun.
In particular, the Ancona (ex Graudenz) was disbarred in 1937 and the guns reused for coastal defense.
Near Valona (Vlora in albanian) there was indeed a battery with 3 of these guns.
For the 152/40, I assure you that it is almost impossible to define them by looking only at the barrel; they have been produced for more than thirty years, in at least four variants and the same barrel could be installed on many different carriages with still different shields.
I'll put you a "collage" that I made for my own use, with the four "basic" types.
Best regards, Shultz
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