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    Default Unknown anti-aircraft gun

    Found this photo in 2 diferent sites with the only mention that it's an Italian anti-aircraft gun captured by the Allies on the Western desert.

    Does anyone have an idea of what gun it is or if it's really Italian?

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    Default Re: Unknown anti-aircraft gun

    I'm a bit dubious if that's really an anti-aircraft gun - no sign of a traverse mechanism or the ability to fire at very high angles. This is a contemporary Italian anti-aircraft gun (cannone da 90/53) of about the same calibre - http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi..._Alamein10.jpg . Note the very different carriage.
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    Default Re: Unknown anti-aircraft gun

    Quote Originally Posted by pdf27 View Post
    I'm a bit dubious if that's really an anti-aircraft gun - no sign of a traverse mechanism or the ability to fire at very high angles. This is a contemporary Italian anti-aircraft gun (cannone da 90/53) of about the same calibre - http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi..._Alamein10.jpg . Note the very different carriage.
    I don't think that this is an anti-aircraft gun either, but I thought it was important, as a starting point, to mention any information found alonside the photo, even if incorrect one.

    I just noticed that there is an Italian Carcano carbine on the right, leaning against the gun, so the gun must have been in Italian service, at least.

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    Default Re: Unknown anti-aircraft gun

    Looks like this but stowed in position for movement.

    Cannone da 75/46 C.A. modello 34
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    Default Re: Unknown anti-aircraft gun

    Quote Originally Posted by downwithpeace View Post
    Looks like this but stowed in position for movement.

    Cannone da 75/46 C.A. modello 34
    I believe you're right, downwithpeace. It never occurred to me that the gun could be in a transport position instead of deployed and ready for combat. Tks for your help.

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