76 mm/45 Schneider mod.1911 (76 mm)

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History

The Schneider mod.1911 is an Italian-licensed version of a French artillery piece. Built by Gio Ansaldo, the gun served in a large number of roles during World War I. In the Regio Esercito (Royal Italian Army) it was used as a railway gun and designated the Cannone da 76/45 S 1911. The Regia Marina (Royal Italian Navy) designated the gun 76/45 S Mod 1911 RM and mounted it on their warships such as the RN Andrea Doria. Also during World War I, Ansaldo built 312 guns and 287 mounts to convert the Schneider cannon into an anti-aircraft weapon. Used by the Regia Marina, this variant was designated Cannone da 76/45 CA and used on high-angle mounts at important locations or on armoured trains to protect them from air attack.

The Schneider 1911 would continue to see service after the war. As the Italians were never able to produce sufficient numbers of their newer Cannone de 76/45 and Cannone de 90/53 anti-aircraft guns, 242 guns still in service along with a number of other WWI-era designs were put into service as coastal defense and AA guns for the Blackshirts. In the air defense role, it was used to defend major cities, factories, or bases in fixed batteries of four guns. Optical coincidence rangefinders and height finders were used to transmit information to a single fire control station which found the speed, altitude, and range of the targets and transmitted the deflection angles to the gun crews. These batteries were also aided by searchlights and acoustic location devices.

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Italy naval cannons
20 mm  20 mm/65 Breda · 20 mm/70 Oerlikon 3S · 20 mm/70 Scotti-Isotta Fraschini mod.1939
37 mm  37 mm/54 Breda Mod.32 · 37 mm/54 Breda Mod.38 · 37 mm/54 Breda Mod.39
40 mm  40 mm/39 Vickers-Terni mod.1915/1917 · 40 mm/39 Vickers-Terni mod.1915/1917, Modif.1930 · 40 mm/70 Breda-Bofors type 107
65 mm  65 mm/64 Ansaldo-Terni Mod.1939
76 mm  76 mm/40 Armstrong mod.1897/1910 · 76 mm/40 Armstrong mod.1897/1912 · 76 mm/40 Ansaldo mod.1917 · 76 mm/45 Schneider mod.1911 · 76/50 Mk.33 · 76 mm/62 OTO-Melara Compact · 76-mm/62 SMP 3
100 mm  100 mm/47 O.T.O. Mod. 1928 · 100 mm/47 O.T.O. Mod. 1937
120 mm  120 mm/45 Canet-Schneider-Armstrong mod.1918-19 · 120 mm/50 Armstrong model 1909 · 120 mm/45 O.T.O. Mod. 1926 · 120 mm/50 Ansaldo mod.1926 · 120 mm/50 O.T.O. Mod.1936
127 mm  127/38 Mk.12
135 mm  135 mm/45 O.T.O. Mod. 1938
152 mm  152 mm/45 Schneider mod.1911 · 152/53 mm Ansaldo mod.1926 · 152/53 mm O.T.O. Mod.1929
203 mm  203 mm/50 Ansaldo mod.1924 · 203 mm/53 Ansaldo mod.1927
305 mm  305 mm/46 Armstrong model 1909 · 305 mm/46 Vickers model 1909
  Foreign:
20 mm  2 cm/65 Flakvierling 38 (Germany)
40 mm  Bofors L/60 Mark 3 (USA)