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daftandbarmy said:A nice little Italian gun that I'm sad we don't throw out of the back of a herc anymore....
I always wondered why we had the thing considering we operated it on the Prairies out of portee equipped deuce and a halfs but shortly after being posted to 2RCHA was sent off to see it in its natural environment in the Alps on a two week visit to 1º Reggimento artiglieria da montagna out of Turin which at the time was a true regiment of three groups (Aosta, Susa and Mondovi) of three batteries each (one of which, their ACE Mobile Force battery, was motorized while the rest had mules. (Fun fact - it takes longer to train mule handlers than it takes to train junior artillery officers)
Biggest lesson learned was that you do NOT FOLLOW a battery of eighty mules up narrow mountain trails unless your hotel room has a really good bidet in which you can hose down your boots before trying to take them off. ;D (Fun fact two - when shooting in the mountains, quite often the angle of sight [angle barrel is set at to adjust in the difference of height between the gun and the target] is greater than the elevation [angle barrel is set at to adjust for the range from the gun to the target] - something you never saw on the Prairies (or even Petawawa).