Talk:20mm Oerlikon (autocannon)
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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  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)