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Greetings all,

 

 

All the captions says is "Italian Gun Barge"

 

Anyone have any details? SparvieroVV? Demon93IT? PhoenizJZ?

 

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Also, Italian tier 1 anybody? :trollface:

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Looks like one of these fellas: http://www.navypedia.org/ships/italy/it_cm_mon1.htm

 

Ship project history: Former Austrian dredging lighters, salvaged by Italians and completely rebuilt.

 

Possibly the Monte Sabotino from what I can tell.

 

http://apostlesofmercy.tumblr.com/post/125888050505/a-picture-of-insanity-the-italian-auxiliary

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Looks like one of these fellas: http://www.navypedia.org/ships/italy/it_cm_mon1.htm

 

 

Possibly the Monte Sabotino from what I can tell.

 

http://apostlesofmercy.tumblr.com/post/125888050505/a-picture-of-insanity-the-italian-auxiliary

 

​Yep, looks about right.

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Can that thing even fire more than once? It looks like it would capsize very easily

 

I see nothing to suggest that would suggest that it would easily capsize. Her L/B ratio looks fine.

 

Looks like the only thing you'd have to worry about is the vessel moving forwards a couple meters everytime you fire. :teethhappy:

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The Regia Marina operated about 80 of these in the Adriatic as seaborne artillery support for the Italian Army on the Izonso Front In WW I, manned by RM gunners and ship's crews. They used naval rifles taken from older, laid up, armored cruisers. They were almost the sole heavy artillery that the Italians had, and the Austrians and Germans had nothing that could match it in the field. The larger guns could reach all the way inland to the foot of the mountains if they hugged the coast or ran up shallow rivers and creeks near the front as most of them drew less than 4 feet of water.. They could move about and reposition themselves quite quickly to avoid counterbattery fire, despite being waterborne, much quicker than land-based heavy artillery.

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I wonder what it's top speed immediately after firing a shell could be at WOT? Not very accurate gunnery, of course, just wondering silently...

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I wouldn't know the exact ship just by looking, but yeah, it seems to be most likely the Monte Sabotino. Many captured ships were converted into heavy artillery, as GrandAdmiral_2016 stated. The things looked ridiculous (seriously, Sabotino is nothing, in fact one of the tamest in appearance), especially as the largest ones were usually armed with the 381mm/40 guns that had been meant for the Caracciolo-class battleships (looking at the gun, it looks like Sabotino was armed with one of these as well). The shallow draft made them perfect for work as coastal artillery and monitors. There were actually some very much like the Monte Sabotino, which were built specifically for this purpose; the Monte Grappa-class

 

For example, I give you the monitor Faà di Bruno (not a Monte Grappa, just a unique oddity that makes the rest of these ships look normal):

 

Monitor_Faa_di_Bruno2_zpsjbehyaoc.png

 

Stuff like this starts to make you look at those Russian circle battleships less strangely :D

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