Italy

Obice da 210/22 modello 35

Artillery Italy 4 Min Read

Italy made extensive use of heavy artillery in World War I, but by the 1930s her big guns were looking decidedly obsolete and new weapons were ordered. The 210-mm howitzer pictured here was an excellent design, but Italian industry could not produce the guns with sufficient speed. Most of Italy’s 210-mm howitzers found their way in to Hungarian hands for…

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Italian East Africa WWII

Italian air power In June 1940, the Italian Royal Air Force (Regia Aeronautica Italia) in East Africa had between two-hundred and three-hundred combat ready aircraft. While some of these aircraft were outdated, in relative terms these were some of the best aircraft available to either side in East Africa in…

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Ansaldo SVA 5 Primo

The handsome Ansaldo craft conducted some of the longest and most impressive reconnaissance flights of World War I. They continued this tradition after the war and established many long-distance records. In 1916 the Ansaldo firm began constructing a new high-performance fighter craft as a private company venture. It fell upon…

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