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"Italian prime mover for Flak 36 88mm" Topic

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Volleyfire01 Feb 2018 3:16 p.m. PST

Does anyone know if the Italians used German prime movers for the Flak 36? I've seen photos of 88s in action with Italian crew in North Africa but not with a tow vehicle in the frame. If they had vehicles of their own to move them with what type did they use? If they borrowed DAK vehicles presumably they left the DAK markings on them?

DyeHard01 Feb 2018 4:27 p.m. PST

As the Italians had guns similar to the 88mm, namely the Cannone da 90/53, one might suspect they would tend to use the same tractor for an 88mm as their own 90mm. This would help to simplify the supple chain.


deephorse01 Feb 2018 4:32 p.m. PST

Apparently Breda 61s were used to tow the 8.8cm flaks of the Centauro Division.

DyeHard01 Feb 2018 4:40 p.m. PST

Beyond the FIAT SPA TM40 shown above.
Other likely candidate:

The Lancia 3Ro


Nearly 10,000 were made.

The Italians did build Sd.Kfz. 7 which they called called the Breda 61


A licensed Italian-manufactured copy was built during the war (designated Breda 61,[1] 250 produced[3] 1942-1944[2]) and is easily recognized by its longer hood and right-hand-drive steering.

mysteron Supporting Member of TMP02 Feb 2018 4:33 a.m. PST

Well I have learned something new . I am guessing for 15mm and smaller you could get away using the SDKFZ7 as a Breda 61.

Volleyfire02 Feb 2018 3:27 p.m. PST

Well I have learned something new .

Same here, I never knew the Breda 61 existed until now. Thanks for the info guys.

Andy ONeill03 Feb 2018 6:23 a.m. PST

I found it They interesting that Italy drove on the right from 1920.
The driving position on the right was useful for narrow mountain roads which had no wall or fence on the outer side.

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