Mutual assistance

Question : what kind of relationship exists between a Dodge T110 and a 105HM2 howitzer ?

Answer : it is that they are both about to complete their restoration.

Our neighbors of the STAT (Services Techniques de l’Armée de Terre) helped us by supplying  all the wood pieces for the Dodge T110 stake and plateform, and we help them with the restoration of their preserved artillery piece.  Goodwill to serve the preservation of heritage, what else ?

December 2016: following a lot of preparations, the atillery piece is sand blasted and painted.

For the Dodge T110 : see « Association Vehicles ».

For the howitzer (taken from http://basart.artillerie.asso.fr) :

The 105mm « 105HM2 » howitzer was manufactured in the U.S. during WWII.  It is well adapted to support infantry as well as to destroy light field constructions.

At the beginning of the war, the 1924 model of the 105mm howitzer rapidly showed its limits.  It led the U.S. General Staff to seek its replacement by a more mobile towed howitzer, rustic and easy to service, with wider horizontal and vertical fields of fire.  These characteristics are those of the 105 HM2 A1.  It is usually towed by a 6×6 GMC CCKW 352.  Beyond its caliber it compares, as far as its qualities are concerned, to the French 75 gun, model 1897.

It was found on different vehicles, especially on the Sherman tank M3 where it became the 105 HM7 Priest.  It also equipped the French infantry artillery divisions in 1943.

Capacités:

– weight of the shell : about 33 lb / 15 kg

– initial speed : from 640 ft/s to 1,550 ft/s / 195 m/s to 473 m/s

– caliber : 105 mm

– range : 36,000 ft / 11,000 m

– firing rate : 18 to 20 shells in 3 mn, 120 shells in one hour

– vertical fire range : -10° à +65°

– horizontal fire range : 45° (800 mil)

– total weight : 4230 lb / 1920 kg

– rifling

– panoramic aiming device on articulated support to compensate for any slope of the terrain