Cannone da 152/45

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Cannone da 152/45
Type Heavy gun
Place of origin  Kingdom of Italy
Service history
In service 1917-1945
Used by  Kingdom of Italy
Wars World War I, World War II
Specifications
Weight 16,672 kilograms (36,755 lb)
Barrel length 7.138 metres (23 ft 5 in) L/46.7

Shell 47 kilograms (104 lb)
Caliber 152.4 mm (6 in)
Carriage box trail
Elevation -5° to +45°
Traverse 10° or 60°
Rate of fire 1 rpm
Muzzle velocity 830 m/s (2,723 ft/s)
Maximum firing range 19,400 metres (21,200 yd)

The Cannone da 152/45 was a heavy gun which served with Italy during World War I and World War II. It was an expedient mating of a naval gun barrel placed on a land carriage to fulfill the Italian Army's need for long-range counter-battery work. The carriage was placed on a firing platform which had to be dug into the ground. A pit had to be dug into the ground to allow the gun to fire at high elevations. Some 53 were in Italian service in 1939.

References[edit]

  • Chamberlain, Peter & Gander, Terry. Heavy Artillery. New York: Arco, 1975 ISBN 0-668-03898-5