Italian Explosive Ordnance

**57/43mm A.P. (Without Cap)**

Guns used in: 57/43mm Anti-Tank Gun

Fuzing: Base Percussion Fuze M09

Overall length of round: 222mm

Diameter at base: Unknown

Distance base to band: 36mm

Width of band: Unknown

Diameter at bourrelet: Unknown

Type of filling: TNT

Weight of filling: 0.135 kilograms

Weight of loaded projectile: 2.912 kilograms

__Remarks__: This projectile is part of a fixed round which weighs 5.06 kilograms and has a propellent charge of ballistite. The propellant weighs 0.46 kg and is compressed of grains 2mm x 2mm x 300mm.

**57/43mm**

**A.P. (With Cap)**

Fuzing: Base Percussion Fuze M09

Overall length of round: 252.5mm

Diameter at base: Unknown

Distance base to band: 36mm

Width of band: Unknown

Diameter at bourrelet: Unknown

Type of filling: TNT

Weight of filling: 0.105 kilograms (

*The book states 105 kg*)

Weight of loaded projectile: 5.083 kilograms

__Remarks__: This projectile is almost identical to the 57mm A.P. (without cap) except that a ballistic cap is added. The propellent charge weighs 0.55 kg and consists of powder C2 in grains 3.3mm x 1.1mm x 205mm and 102mm.

**65/17mm HE**

Fuzing: Nose Percussion Fuze M10

Overall length (w/ fuze): 214 mm

Overall length (w/o fuze): 234 mm

Diameter at base: 64.5 mm

Distance base to band: 23 mm

Width of band: 7 mm

Diameter at bourrelet: 64.7 mm

Type of filling: TNT or MNDT

Weight of filling: 0.23 kg

Weight of loaded projectile: 4.15 kg

Total length of round: 394 mm

Weight of complete round: 5 kg

Booster used: No.5 M38

__Remarks__: The projectile is thought also to have been fuzed with the Nose Fuze A.D.E. M06 17 (

*My copy is blurred here*). This fuze requires the removal of the nose adapter and also changes the length and weight of the projectile.

**65/17mm AP**

Fuzing: Base Percussion Fuze M10

Overall length: 280 mm

Diameter at base: 64.5 mm (

*Manual states 645*)

Distance base to band: 23 mm

Width of band: 7 mm

Diameter at bourrelet: 64.7 mm

Type of filling: TNT

Weight of filling: 0.16 kg

Weight of loaded projectile: 4.23 kg

__Remarks__: The projectile is part of a fixed round. The propellent charge weighs 5.13 kg

**65/17mm EP (Hollow Charge)**

Fuzing: Base Percussion Fuze EP M44

Overall length: 243.4 mm

Diameter at base: 64.6 mm

Diameter at bourrelet: 64.7 mm

Type of filling: Unknown

Weight of filling: Unknown

Weight of loaded projectile: Unknown

__Remarks__: The projectile with its cartridge case makes up a fixed round of ammunition, the length of which is 412.6 mm.

**65/17mm EPS (Hollow Charge)**

Fuzing: Base Percussion Fuze IEPM

Overall length: 248.7 mm

Diameter at base: 64.6 mm

Distance base to band: Unknown

Diameter at bourrelet: 64.7 mm

Type of filling: Unknown

Weight of filling: Unknown

Weight of loaded projectile: Unknown

__Remarks__: The projectile is used in a fixed round, the overall length of which is 418.2 mm.

**70/15mm HE**

Guns used in: 70/15mm Pack Gun

Fuzing: Nose Percussion Fuze M10 or Nose Fuze M (Guerritore)

Overall length without fuze: 229mm

Diameter at base: 69.3mm (approx) (

*Manual states 6.93, with no measurement*)

Distance base to band: Unknown

Width of band: Unknown

Diameter at bourrelet: 69.5 mm

Type of filling: TNT

Weight of filling: 0.275 kg

Weight of loaded projectile: 4.75 kg

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