155mm Long Tom Gun in Action Zoom

155mm Long Tom Gun in Action

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The 155mm "Long Tom" heavy field gun fired a 100 lb shell over 14 miles (24 km). With superior combinations of long range, accuracy, and massive firepower, these remarkable artillery weapons formed the backbone of US Army heavy field artillery units during both World War II and Korea. Featuring 227 archival photos, this new 80-page book documents the development and combat deployments of these iconic WWII weapons and their essential heavy prime movers.

The highly effective "Long Tom" heavy field gun could fire a 100 lb shell over 14 miles (24 km). Officially known as the "155mm gun M1A1 with M1A1 carriage and M5 limber," these famous artillery pieces, alongside their related 8-inch howitzer M1 versions, formed the backbone of U.S. Army heavy field artillery units during both World War II and Korea. These towed artillery weapons initially used the Mack NO 7-1/2-ton 6x6 as a prime mover, which was also agmented by the M4 high-speed tractor during the later stages of World War II. Eventually Long Toms were upgraded to the M125 10-ton 6x6 prime mover and proved to be remarkably mobile for towed heavy artillery. With their superior combinations of long range, pin-point accuracy, and massive firepower, these remarkable WWII artillery pieces served well into the Cold War-era. Featuring 227 archival photos, this new 80-page book documents the development and combat deployments of these iconic WWII weapons, as well as their essential caissons and heavy prime movers.

Pages: 80
Size: 11 X 8.5 (inches)
Format: Paperback
Publisher: MMD-Squadron Signal
ISBN: 9780897478472
Product Code: SS847