76 mm/45 Schneider mod.1911 (76 mm)
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Pros and cons
- Exceedingly short reload time
- Highly effective against poorly-armoured vessels
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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