So You Want To Buy An Oerlikon?

In this video we take a look at an original 1970s brochure for an Oerlikon 20mm Cannon. The booklet, printed in 1974, covers the Type GAI-BO1 – which had previously been designated the 10ILa/5TG. The Swiss Oerlikon had been introduced in the mid-1930s and seen widespread on both sides use during the Second World War.

Engagement of Ground Targets (Matthew Moss)

The brochure covers the anti-aircraft and ground roles the cannon was capable of fulfilling as well as explaining the major assemblies of the weapon and some of the accessories like sights and magazines. The brochure also lays out some of the ammunition available for the Oerlikon, ranging from practice shells to fragmentation HE incendiary and armour-piercing hard core shells. The Oerlikon cannon remains in production and in service with dozens of countries around the world.

Sights, mounts and ammunition (Matthew Moss)

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2 thoughts on “So You Want To Buy An Oerlikon?

  1. How about a piece comparing the Oerlikon and it’s derivative the Polsten cannon? It would seem the Polsten had some distinct advantages in simplicity, cost etc, but one rarely hears of it even though it continued in use after the war.

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