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Rovereto: 37 mm Skoda trench gun. WW I
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Massimo_Foti
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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2009 6:33 am
Post subject: Rovereto: 37 mm Skoda trench gun. WW I

Much smaller beast than the 305 mm Mr. Green

This small infantry/trench gun was introduced very early during WW I. As you can see from the pictures below, it was quite complex/sophisticated from a mechanical point of view. The italian army was looking for a similar weapon and evaluated some captured ones; they considered it effective, but too complex and expensive for a trench weapon, unsuited for mass-production (less than 20 years later instead Italy build the Brixia 45 mm mortar, another too complex infantry weapon)

Two of this are visible in Rovereto's museum:

On%20the%20italian%20front%20mountain%20troops%20were%20fighting%20all%20over%20the%20Alps,%20sometimes%20above%203000%20m%20(10.000%20feets),%20so%20a%20ski%20equipped%20gun%20was%20handy%20%20:mrgreen:%20

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 2:00 pm
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3,7 cm Infanteriegesch├╝tz M.1915, L/10

Trench gun system Skoda. Four packs for transports (soldier, horse, or dogcart): tube, cradle, tripod and shield. Weight in firing position: 118 kg. Shell: 0,65 kg, Vo: 175 m/sec., Range: 2200 m. Cadence 15-20 rounds per minute.

My grandfather told me that the gun with a short-range soldiers mockingly said: cim-bum (read: chim-boom).
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- Massimo_Foti
Much smaller beast than the 305 mm Mr. Green


On the italian front mountain troops were fighting all over the Alps, sometimes above 3000 m (10.000 feets), so a ski equipped gun was handy Mr. Green

Massimo


...and just the thing for portable avalanche control!
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