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Artillery Emplacements In North Africa

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 10:57 PM

I am wondering which towns or strategic strongpoints had guns in concrete emplacements built or used by the Italians in North Africa before 1943.
I am most interested in those pointing landward, but am also interested in those pointing seaward, as I assume that both would have had a limited field of fire.

Would any of the guns of 30th G.a.F in Bardia?
Would any of the guns of 31st G.a.F in Ras El Meduaz?
Would any of the guns of 33rd G.a.F in Zanzur?
Would any of the guns in 34th G.a.F Tripoli?
Would any of the guns in 35th G.a.F Castel Benito?
Would any of the guns of Settore South East, Tripoli?
Would any of the guns of the R.M within the Tobruk fortess?

Or any others?
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Posted 04 April 2012 - 04:11 PM

I suppose that concrete emplacements you mean fixed in a pedestal or other less mobile fixing to concrete.

If so i think none of GAF guns in NA would have been in that circumstances. There are some armored positions but i don't think any had any artillery, at most would have been a 47/32. But 47/32 guns of GAF in NA are a mystery.

The units that would have fixed guns would be:

30 Raggr. Artiglieria Contraerei e da Posizione at least 76/40, and 76/45 and 190/39 in Tripoli and all the naval and AA guns of any harbor including Tobruch.

Obviously the Naval land based light AA caliber like 13.2 and 20 can easily be unbolted if they were indeed fixed in first place.
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Posted 04 April 2012 - 11:30 PM

I mean in a bunker type fortification that protects the gun (except the barrel) and it's crew from all but a direct hit from abomb or large calibre artillery round.
If that helps.
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Posted 05 April 2012 - 01:15 AM

Then none. Not even the naval guns that only had a slight armored screen in front and sides.

Photo of a typical gun battery of medium caliber: http://www.elbaforti...t/faraforni.htm
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Posted 05 April 2012 - 01:49 AM

Thank you
Cheers; Dave.

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