Information wanted on Italian large caliber shell


#1

This question has been posted on other forums, but I did not get confirmation yet.

I have a shell case that had the exact dimensions (152x575, rim 176 mm) as a German SK /L 40. However, the base stamp is Italian (SMI). I do not have any information on the use of this type of gun by the Italians. A standard German WW2 C12 nA primer fits exactly.

Does anybody have information on Italian made shells for SK L/40 guns? Did Italy have these huns? Or are these shells made for another country (maybe Belgium, because I found it in Belgium and the stamp looks Belgian).

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#2

Yesterday I finally found literature that could be the explanation for this shell.

The Belgiums have used left behind German artillery for modernization of fortifications. The reference speaks of German 15 cm L/40 guns that have been placed in Luik, Belgium.

I know of several shell cases for Belgium use, made by SMI, from the period 1920-1930.

Reference (French): La Position Fortifiee de Li


#3

The Shell cases made by SMI could have equally been made either on Contract for the Belgian Fortifications, or as well for Italian usage with War Reparations German / Austrian Artillery acquired after WW I. It seems more likely that SMI was already making the Shellcases,( for Italy) and either subcontracted for a Belgian supplier or tendered directly for the supply to the Belgian Government.

regards,
Doc AV
AV Ballistics.