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British 75mm Pack Howitzer (Airborne)

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Military Vehicle Open Day, IWM Duxford, 16th June 2013
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About the Author

About Alan McNeilly (AlanL)
FROM: ENGLAND - EAST ANGLIA, UNITED KINGDOM

Greying slightly, but young at heart. I've been teaching adults off and on for most of my life. Left the services in 85 and first started modelling in about 87 for a few years. Then I had a long spell when I didn't build anything (too busy) and really just got started again during the summer of ...


Comments

Hi Jason, I have both kits, just needed some pics to help finish it off. Hi Dave Thanks. Al
JUN 18, 2013 - 07:29 PM
Very nice photos they will be very useful to any one building the 75. If I'm wrong I will be the first to admit it, but the title of your post do you mean U S 75mm howitzer in British service.
JUN 22, 2013 - 03:26 AM
Hi Dave, No, is the answer. The British and US guns were slightly different. Cheers Al
JUN 22, 2013 - 04:23 AM
Thank you very much. Now to study your photos and find some of those difference's Dave
JUN 22, 2013 - 07:23 AM
Hi Dave, Not an expert on the 75mm but look at the lunette (towing hook) on the US version and you will see it is different to the British style guns. Also the trail legs don't have the raised brackets on the US version. Under the gun barrel what I believe is called the clove leaf top won't be seen on US guns either. Hope that point you in the right direction. You might find this link useful: http://www.usarmymodels.com/AFV%20PHOTOS/75mm%20PACK%20HOWITZER/75mm%20Howitzer.html Cheers Al
JUN 22, 2013 - 10:49 AM
As to the differences in US and Commonwealth pieces . . . Alan, can you read (or show) the markings on the breech ring (p17), recoil mechanism (p23) and carriage (p24)? If they carry unaltered nameplates and markings, the differences can't be substantial. KL
JUN 22, 2013 - 03:10 PM
Hi Kurt, Thanks. US Army Models has a lot of useful information on the gun, hence the link for David. Cheers Al
JUN 24, 2013 - 02:51 AM
Yeah, I provided most of the content to Tim . . . I was asking about the howitzer in your photos, hoping that the markings on the nameplates and breech ring my provide a clue as to any changes made by the Commonwealth. They ought to be readable in your original images. KL
JUN 24, 2013 - 10:43 AM
Hi Kurt, Only one readable, the Rick Island Arsenal badge on the gun tube. The Barrel does have the barrel No 4371 painted on top. The other is too worn to read. Cheers Al
JUN 25, 2013 - 02:54 AM
That is an American design from 1920's M1, post war - M116, used by several foreign countries , including Britain. 1920-44. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M116_howitzer
FEB 26, 2014 - 05:03 PM