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"Italian 75-mm Field Gun - Models 06, 11, and 12" from Tactical and Technical Trends

The following intelligence report on the Italian 75-mm field gun was originally published in Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 7, Sept. 10, 1942.

[DISCLAIMER: The following text is taken from the U.S. War Department publication Tactical and Technical Trends. As with all wartime intelligence information, data may be incomplete or inaccurate. No attempt has been made to update or correct the text. Any views or opinions expressed do not necessarily represent those of the website.]


The standard light field piece of the Italian army is the 75/27 weapon (caliber 75-mm., length of bore 27 calibers) of which there are three models, 06, 11, and 12. British users consider it satisfactory equipment, and find that it gives good results in spite of constant use.

Its disadvantages are: (a) light hitting-power; (b) at ranges above 6,600 yards, it is necessary to use a false angle of sight, slope the platform and dig a hole for the trail; (c) poor fragmentation effect.

Additional data on these guns follow:

       Model 06      Models 11 and 12 
Muzzle velocity 1,730 f.s. 1,675 f.s.
Maximum range 11,200 yds. 9,075 yds.
Rate of fire (theoretical) 8 r.p.m. 8 r.p.m.
Rate of fire (practical) 4 r.p.m. 4 r.p.m.
Length of bore 27 cal. 27 cal.
Weight in action 1 ton 1.06 tons
Weight in draught 1.67 tons 1.87 tons
Maximum depression -10° -15°
Maximum elevation +16° +65°
Traverse 52° 9'


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