75mm Pack Howitzer M1A1 British Airborne
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The M1 75mm Pack Howitzer was developed for the US Army after WWI, as a go-anywhere light artillery piece. It was designed to be broken down into several pieces that could be carried by pack mules. The first weapons were issued in 1927 and had wooden wheels, later versions had improved carriages with metal wheels and pneumatic tires culminating in the M8 carriage used in WWII. The M1A1 made an excellent airborne artillery piece as it could be transported complete in a glider or broken down and dropped by parachute. The British received 826 M1A1 Pack Howitzers most going to airborne units. In British service it was often towed behind a modified Jeep and small trailer which carried ammunition, all being carried in Horsa gliders. The M1A1 75mm Pack Howitzer had a range of 8,790 meters firing a 6.6kg HE shell, it could also fire a HEAT anti-tank round and WP Smoke shells. The M1A1 on M8 box carriage weighed only 653kg, and could be broken down into 9 single parachute loads for air drop. The little gun was so successful that it served with British forces until the early 1960's.
Includes 5 figures.