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Airborne 75mm Pack Howitzer
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Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 10:44 AM UTC
Alan McNeilly brings us a walk-around of the Airborne 75mm Pack Howitzer featured at the Military Vehicle Open Day at the Imperial War Museum (IWM) Duxford.



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Thanks!
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Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 03:30 PM UTC
Thanks Alan, I was just recenlty looking at my Vision models kit and thinking about getting the resicast Brit Airborne conversion kit for the mod. So thanks for the images, perfect timing for my project. Cheers mate, Jason.
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Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 05:11 PM UTC
Great photos Alan
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Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 07:29 PM UTC
Hi Jason,

I have both kits, just needed some pics to help finish it off.

Hi Dave

Thanks.

Al

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Posted: Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 03:26 AM UTC
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.
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Posted: Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 04:23 AM UTC
Hi Dave,

No, is the answer. The British and US guns were slightly different.

Cheers

Al
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Posted: Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 07:23 AM UTC
Thank you very much. Now to study your photos and find some of those difference's
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Posted: Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 10:49 AM UTC
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
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Posted: Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 03:10 PM UTC
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
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Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013 - 02:51 AM UTC
Hi Kurt,

Thanks. US Army Models has a lot of useful information on the gun, hence the link for David.

Cheers

Al
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Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013 - 10:43 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Hi Kurt,

Thanks. US Army Models has a lot of useful information on the gun, hence the link for David.

Cheers

Al



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
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Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 02:54 AM UTC
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
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Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 05:03 PM UTC
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