Hi Georgecarius wrote:Amunition trailers?
They look more like generators, AA batteries needed power for the ranging equipment and to transmit the information to the guns.
What will be the German unit with this gun in Greece? Luftwaffe? Heer?7.5cm F.K. M.97 in Lafette C39 at Porto Koufo in Greece
The Germans captured so many 75mm Mle 97 they were able to chose which were the better barrels for reuse as 7.5cm Pak 97/38. There would also had been a stock of new barrels to replace the ones in service when they became worn, these possibly would have been used as first choice for a "new" anti tank gun. The 75mm mle 97 barrel was of a built-up pattern, the inner barrel had outer tubes and hoops shrunk on it to keep it in shape when it was fired. When this pattern of barrel becomes worn it is normally scraped and a new one built.CanKiwi2 wrote:Another question on the 75mm Mle 1897 - use as an anti-tank gun. The question is more around how the guns were made (or refurbished).
My question is - how were the barrels for the 75mm 1897 used to make the anti-tank gun barrels? Were they rebored or relined or something like that? Seems like for the Finns, 60 barrels were used to build 46 guns. Or did they melt down the barrels and recast them or something?
The official French name of this gun on the conical pedestal was "canon de 75 Mle 1897 sur affût Mle 1916 approprié pour le tir des obus éclairants" (i.e a 75 mm Model 1897 gun on Model 1916 mount designed for firing illuminating shells"). It could also be used for AA purposes. The name was shortened as "canon de 75 E et CA" in French Navy documents. By comparison, the version with the "crinoline" mount was called "canon de 75 G".Sturm78 wrote:Hi all,
75mm Mle 1897 on conical pedestal mount