Talk:20mm Oerlikon (autocannon)

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 Definition A manually tracked piece of anti-aircraft artillery widely used on ships of the U.S. Navy and other navies during World War II. [d] [e]
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I wrote this article from scratch for CZ in April, 2007. Louis F. Sander 13:53, 29 April 2007 (CDT)


Wasn't there another widely used 20mm cannon from the ww2 period, the Hispano-Suiza? Was it just another name for the Oerlikon?

Can I ask why the US Navy get primacy in the first sentence? Was the cannon a US invention? Was it developed in the USA? Was it first manufactured in the USA? These are meant to be friendly questions.

Cheers! George Swan 22:06, 26 October 2007 (CDT)

I think there may have been lots and lots of different 20mm guns used during WWII. The only one I know much about (and that isn't all THAT much) is the one that was used on ships. Louis F. Sander 16:09, 27 October 2007 (CDT)
Yes, there have been lots of different kinds. So, if the article is only about the Oerlikon, 20 mm shouldn't that be its name?
FWIW wasn't the HS also used on naval vessels.?
Cheers! George Swan 18:09, 27 October 2007 (CDT)
the US built over 120,000 of these Swiss-designed guns--the Brits also used them (in far fewer quantity) . see [1] Richard Jensen 18:36, 27 October 2007 (CDT)
The article exists because I authored quite a few CZ articles about WWII-era U.S. Navy ships, many of which had these guns aboard. Since there was little on CZ to link to from those ship articles, I wrote several articles on guns and other naval subjects. Now most of the ship articles have something to link to, and that's a good thing. Non-naval uses of 20mm guns are outside the scope of my interest and expertise. Louis F. Sander 19:06, 27 October 2007 (CDT)
I hope you don't feel that anyone was criticizing you for starting this article. I think it is a fine start, and I am sure Richard thinks so too. Cheers! George Swan 13:48, 28 October 2007 (CDT)
No offense taken. Just trying to explain where it came from and why. Louis F. Sander 18:25, 28 October 2007 (CDT)