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What fired this ?

Article about: I`ve had this on my hearth for about 12 years . anybody know what artillery fired it? cheers Al

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    Thanks, Gary:

    Most interesting site. So there was no such thing as a 20mm Bofors?

    Not quite ready to abandon Dad's story. He even built training aids (broomsticks!) for the 20mm Bofors, and he wasn't the type to be easily confused.

    I once showed him a 40mm casing I picked up when I was a kid and he expalined that the 20mm Bofors was very much smaller.

    Cheers,

    Pat G.

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    Pat,
    The term "Bofors" probably became generic to any Anti-Aircraft light to medium gun ...
    (Very similar to people reffering to vacuums as "hoovers").

    Your father probably called the 20mm guns bofors purely because they were AA associated ..

    Cheers

    Gary J.



    Quote by Patgore View Post
    Thanks, Gary:

    Most interesting site. So there was no such thing as a 20mm Bofors?

    Not quite ready to abandon Dad's story. He even built training aids (broomsticks!) for the 20mm Bofors, and he wasn't the type to be easily confused.

    I once showed him a 40mm casing I picked up when I was a kid and he expalined that the 20mm Bofors was very much smaller.

    Cheers,

    Pat G.

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    Quote by zwerge View Post
    Here is a Navy ammo can which held 4 four round chargers and the gun.
    looks like the crew of that bofors gun were kept busy with a firing rate of 130 rounds per second !!

    cheers Al

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    Quote by ALLERBERGER View Post
    looks like the crew of that bofors gun were kept busy with a firing rate of 130 rounds per second !!

    cheers Al
    How would you like to fly into that in your little airyplane ?
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    JEDEM DAS SEINE

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    Quote by ALLERBERGER View Post
    hi Ade , nice shots of you in action !! and the b&w photos from your friend look very authentic ! That 20mm looks to be a great piece of kit against ground targets , do they still use these today ?

    cheers Al
    Hi Al, no the Polsten is now part of the history books.

    There was also a quad A/A gun mounted with four of these.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    I though that folks might be interested to see the quad Polsten:


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrH997EzogQ

    Cheers, Ade.

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    thanks Ade , do the airborne use anything similar today ?

    cheers Al

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    Hi Al, to be honest I have no idea! Modern stuff does nothing for me and I don't take on interest in it.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Hello Gents,

    My name is Jim Lobaza in the US doing Polish airborne exile forces as my living WW2 history impression. I'm currently in the process of collecting any data on the Polsten 20mm airborne mount. I'm hoping to build a full scale replica of the airborne mount in the near future. If anybody has any info on this platform with focusing on dimensions and measurements, I would love to hear from you. Looking at the full scale replica's on this site, one could only imagine the effects of a great piece of history would have on the airborne impression.

    Gary thanks for the heads up on this thread. The pictures has been a help!

    Lobo

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    Quote by zwerge View Post
    How would you like to fly into that in your little airyplane ?
    hey guys dont forget the hawker hurricanes where fitted with 2 40mm cannons at certain points in the war

    regards Mad_ideas

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