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United States' 155 mm Howitzer M1918
155 mm Howitzer M1918A3

Design

The 155 mm Howitzer M1918A3 was a modernized M1917 and M1918.2

Ammunition

The 155 mm M1918A3 could fire HE, WP, and chemical smoke rounds.2

Carriage

The M1918A3 used a two wheel open box trail which allowed it to be fired from its wheels.2 It took a crew around 5 minutes to emplace the M1918A3.2

Specifications

  155 mm Howitzer M19181
Caliber  
Length  
Width  
Height  
Length of gun  
Length of bore  
Rifling  
Length of rifling  
Weight traveling  
Towing speed  
Weight in action 8,184 lb1
3,715 kg1
Elevation  
Traverse  
Muzzle velocity  
Rate of fire  
Range of shell 12,300 yards1
11,250 m1
Shell weight 95 lb1
43.1 kg1
Armor penetration  
Breech mechanism  
  155 mm Howitzer M1918A32
Caliber  
Length 21' 5"2
Width 7' 10"2
Height 6' 10"2
Length of gun  
Length of bore  
Rifling  
Length of rifling  
Weight traveling  
Towing speed 25 mph2
Weight in action 9,000 lb2
Elevation +42° to 0°2
Traverse 2
Muzzle velocity  
Rate of fire 5 rpm2
Range of shell 12,775 yards2
Shell weight 95 lb2
Armor penetration  
Breech mechanism  

Sources:

  1. US Army Handbook 1939-1945, George Forty, 1995
  2. Standard Guide to U.S. World War II Tanks & Artillery, Konrad F. Schreier Jr., 1994
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