Cannone da 65/17 – Italian Mountain Artillery Gun


Cannone da 65/17 – Italian Mountain Artillery Gun – photo 2012

The cannon da 65/17 model 13 was developed for difficult terrain and bad weather. It was horse drawn and could be disassembled into 5 pieces. A folding gun shield was added in 1935. The gun was in use from 1913. da 65/17 means it had a 65 mm caliber barrel with 17 times its caliber length. It fired low-trajectory shots.

Cannone da 65/17 – Italian Mountain Artillery Gun, Alpine Corps on Mount Padon WWI – Courtsey Wikipedia
Cannone da 65/17 – Italian Mountain Artillery Gun – photo 2012
Cannone da 65/17 – Italian Mountain Artillery Gun – photo 2012

It was also used as main armament in the Fiat 2000 heavy tank, only 2 were made during World War One. As artillery piece it was used by the Alpini, the mountain troops of the Italian army. It was a light artillery piece but reliable and favored by the infantry as well. It was in use throughout World War Two as close support weapon and due to its low weight used at be back of trucks in an anti-tank role.

Cannone da 65/17 – Italian Mountain Artillery Gun- Courtsey Wikipedia
Cannone da 65/17 – Italian Mountain Artillery Gun, Italian Alpine Corps – Courtsey Wikipedia
Cannone da 65/17 – Italian Mountain Artillery Gun – photo 2012

It had an effective firing range of 6,8 Kilometers and fired a 4,3 kilogram shell. It was built by Royal Army Arsenal of Naples from 1911, in service from 1913 until 1945.


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