ID Italian guns

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ID Italian guns

Post by Manuferey » 07 Apr 2012 01:03

I need help identifying the following Italian guns:

1) Mountain guns captured in the western desert of Egypt, possibly 70 mm?
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2) A heavy machine-gun or a light-gun captured on Pantellaria island in June 1943:
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3) A heavy gun barrel captured at Sidi Barrani in December 1940:
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Re: ID Italian guns

Post by Sturm78 » 07 Apr 2012 06:54

Hi Emmanuel,

Image 1: I think 65mm Cannone da 65-17
Image 2: I think 13.2mm Breda M1931
Image 3: ??

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Re: ID Italian guns

Post by Manuferey » 07 Apr 2012 13:37

Sturm78 wrote:Image 1: I think 65mm Cannone da 65-17
Thanks for your input Sturm78. But I don't think that image 1 shows a 65-17 as there is no recoil mechanism underneath the tube. I think it is the predecessor of the 65-17, an even older 70 mm mountain gun, but I don't know its model.

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Re: ID Italian guns

Post by peeved » 07 Apr 2012 13:46

Hi Emmanuel,

Maybe a Cannone da 70/15 like this: http://cannonsuperstore.com/1917_mountain_cannon.html

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Post by Manuferey » 07 Apr 2012 13:54

We have a winner ! Thanks, Markus. :D

Regarding the 13.2 mm Breda HMG identified by Sturm78, there is another picture of the machine gun posted by Jos in this post:
http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic. ... 0&t=183545

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Post by nuyt » 07 Apr 2012 14:44

peeved wrote:Hi Emmanuel,

Maybe a Cannone da 70/15 like this: http://cannonsuperstore.com/1917_mountain_cannon.html

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Re: ID Italian guns

Post by Dili » 08 Apr 2012 01:53

Are you sure Western Desert? Couldn't be Eastern Africa? I don't have 70/15 in weapons list for Libia 1940.

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Post by Clive Mortimore » 08 Apr 2012 05:19

Dili wrote:Are you sure Western Desert? Couldn't be Eastern Africa? I don't have 70/15 in weapons list for Libia 1940.
Hi Dili

I was thinking East Africa as well. The Commonwealth troops in the photo appear to be wearing a mix of Worsley pattern helments and Solar Pith hats, as the war progressed the wearing of these items of headgear became restricted which suggest an early campaign. Another unusal item of colthing is the use of leather belts and holster, which suggest Empire troops not British. There were no Australian units in the East African campaign.
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Re: ID Italian guns

Post by nuyt » 08 Apr 2012 09:44

Maybe South Africans?

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Post by Clive Mortimore » 08 Apr 2012 10:37

nuyt wrote:Maybe South Africans?
Hi Nuyt

They could be, other photos from the campaign show the South Africans in Worsley pattern helments and Solar Pith hats.

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Post by Manuferey » 08 Apr 2012 14:23

Thanks, guys. Your comments make total sense.

Here is the caption of the picture at AWM:
"British troops examining and bringing in captured Italian guns during action in the Western desert."
http://cas.awm.gov.au/item/010768

And the link proposed by Markus still mentions both Libya and Ethiopia:
"In WW2 it was too obsolete to be used, but some examples were still used in Libya and Ethiopia."
http://cannonsuperstore.com/1917_mountain_cannon.html

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Re: ID Italian guns

Post by Sturm78 » 07 Apr 2013 11:36

Hi all,

I found this small image on EBay. I am not sure but I think 37mm Breda M1934 naval gun.
Does somebody have any other wartime image of this gun?

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Re: ID Italian guns

Post by Sturm78 » 10 Apr 2013 11:47

Thank you, Dili,

I need help with these italian guns: Cannone da 76/40 ?? :?

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