90 mm Ansaldo 90 / 53 modello 41 C
heavy anti - aircraft gun
da 90/53 was the best Italian anti-aircraft gun in service with Italy
from 1941-43. It was an outstanding weapon which could stand
comparision with its other contemporaries. It was a modern design,
good and solid. In July 1943 German took the production line and
used it for its own use. In North Africa, for some time a lot of guns
had Germans in service successfully and they had found Cannone da
90/53 so good, even comparable with their own “88”.
the Ansaldo gun so highly that after Italian surrender, 315 ones (
by German records ) were collected and sent to support AA ground
defense of the Reich. Its official German designation was “ 9
- cm Flak 309 / I ( i )”, also “ 9 - cm
Flak 41 ( i ) ” was found. As a multi-purpose gun Italian
used it as AA/CD (coast
defense) guns, long range field guns, AT guns, navy guns. The
captured many 90/53s while advancing north and used mainly for a
coast defense role alongside with British batteries placed around
taken Italians ports. Modernized for radar control was at service in
Cannone da 90/53 was designated and built by Ansaldo ( first ones
appeared in 1939) in three main versions :
Modello 41 P ( statics ) -
supposed to be most numerous version with 1087 guns ordered
( towed ) - 660 guns ordered
Modello 41 Autocannoni - 57 guns were adapted to mount on heavy trucks
Modello 41 - 30 barrels only to be mounted on self - propelled tracked
Ordering is one, but producing weapons is
another . In reality by July 1943 only 539 weapons of all variant s
had been delivered to be used by Italian Forces. After, continued
productions was for Germans needs.
90/53 gun was not a copy of the 8,8 cm Krupp 88/L56 gun. The
main differences were : fire control instruments and equipement, one -
piece barrel, hanging of a transport carriage and
other minor details.
TOWING VEHICLES :
Breda 61, TM 40, Lancia 3 ro ( MarS catnr 7270 )
O D E L
standard 41 C , war time built and service with transport equipment.
enables building a kit ready to be towed or
dismounted at the fire position.