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From a friend in Argentina I received this photo-I've seen a short clip of it Any more details ?

 

 



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It's a 305mm coastal defence howitzer mounted on a de Stefano carriage to turn the howitzer into a (mobile?) siege gun. This is only the

towed gun - when emplaced the wheels were stripped of the girdles and the carriage was mounted on two inclined rails. The howitzer also had a massive

pyramidal base which was dug into the ground. It took about a day to emplace the howitzer.

The howitzer in the de Stefano carriage remained in service after WW1.

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Charlie

 

 



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Thanks! Your second photo shows a piece of this type in a mountainous region. could they have been use in the Izonzo front as my contact maintains ?
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The 305/17 used different carriages.

Yes, it was used in the Isonzo front. Up to October 1917, 38 pieces were built, 9 were lost during the Caporetto battle. Another 18 guns were build later on (up to 1919).
It may be interesting for you to know that 5 pieces were used during the Spanish Civil war.

One of these days I will post pictures of the one preserved in Trieste.

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More details on Italian Wikipedia:
it.wikipedia.org/wiki/305/17

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Massimo Foti wrote:

The 305/17 used different carriages.

Yes, it was used in the Isonzo front. Up to October 1917, 38 pieces were built, 9 were lost during the Caporetto battle. Another 18 guns were build later on (up to 1919).
It may be interesting for you to know that 5 pieces were used during the Spanish Civil war.

One of these days I will post pictures of the one preserved in Trieste.


 Thanks Massimo: The short Italian newsreel  included some printed captions , which according to my contact, indicated their deployment in the Isonzo Front .I simply did not recall seing those captions when we visited his home back in 2012...That must have been a truly  Herculean labor to bring these weapons up there! !

 



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Brunner88 wrote:
That must have been a truly  Herculean labor to bring these weapons up there! !

 The Italian Army used Pavesi Tolotti tractors for the job. Those vehicles were ahead of their time:

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Yes they were -they were probably among the first articulated (or is it reticulated in this case?) extant. How many were required to tow that 305 mm howitzer?



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Inded they  they were -they were probably among the first articulated (or is it reticulated in this case?) extant. How many were required to tow that 305 mm howitzer?





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Apparently only one (first image). The Italian Army certainly got the de Stefano carriages well into the mountains (2nd image).

The third image is an Obice da 305/17 deployed.

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Charlie

 

 



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An advanced vehicle indeed- then! and a very impressive piece-with a range of 17.600 m...



-- Edited by Brunner88 on Tuesday 21st of February 2017 08:36:37 AM

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Another photo of the same model. Yours Chris.



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Chris, Ausgezeichnet!



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Yes. Next photos.



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