My fault I forgot about the motorised version of the 75/18. I was under the impression that the 75/18 and 75/32 never actually saw service as field pieces in NA but was hoping I was wrong. I had figured that basically the 75/27, 100/17 and 105/28 were the main field pieces used in NA. The same with the forces in Russia, just that they had a better percentage of modern 75mm field pieces augmenting the artillery. I'm starting to get curious about Italian production of field pieces because it seems like there was an extremely small percentage of new artillery as compared to the Allies. I would have thought this was an area where production would have been of good quantity.Lupo Solitario wrote:No Jeff they were two different weapons:JeffreyF wrote:75/18 was a mountain howitzer, iirc so besides on semovente it would not be present in NA, no? 75/32 was the version for motorized troops and would be the one I would expect to be present in both places. Although as usual I'm probably in the wrong I will admit.
the 75/18mm was an howitzer; it existed in two version: model 34 packed for mountain artillery and model 35 towed for motorized artillery.
the 75/32mm was a field cannon, used mainly in AT role, towed for motorized artillery.
Either had been mounted on M tank hulls but while semoventi 75/18 appeared in late 1941 (and fought at Alam Halfa, Alamein, etc.), semoventi 75/32 appeared only in 1943.
I'm sure that:
no 75/32 towed was ever used in NA
no 75/18 towed was used in NA before Alamein; I'm not sure about Tunisia
Does anything exist that shows quantity of artillery in army service, by type if possible, before June 1940 and subsequent production by type? ex: 75/18mod34, 75/18mod35, 90/53, etc. Or what book might be purchased to cover this as I'm asking a bit much.