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wardog12 Mar 2017 1:05 p.m. PST

just like to know who used the us m1a1 pack howitzer
us airborne forces
british airborne forces
but anyone else
did any nato forces have it in their inventory after the war?

GeoffQRF Inactive Member12 Mar 2017 2:53 p.m. PST

If you research he links you'll find the WW2 M1 75mm pack howitzer was used by the US Army and USMC, and redesignated M116 in the 1960s

However it was also supplied to the UK and China under lend lease arrangements, as well asFrance, Australia and "some South American countries"

Japan apparently used them through to 1980 and "In 2010 the M116 75 mm pack howitzer was used by the Turkish Army in operations against Kurdish separatists in southeastern Turkey."

uglyfatbloke12 Mar 2017 3:02 p.m. PST

I have a feeling that India and Malaysia had some.

Personal logo Jeff Ewing Supporting Member of TMP12 Mar 2017 4:26 p.m. PST

And of course anything supplied to the Nationalist Chinese also wound up in the Communist Chinese arsenals, and from thence to various places.

Legion 412 Mar 2017 4:47 p.m. PST

Also for context, the US ARMY's Merrill's Marauders, IIRC used it in the CBI.

Back '79-'90, Almost all the US ARMY posts I served or deployed to. Used them for the flag raising and/or lowering ceremonies, etc., at times. Firing blank shells …

Starfury Rider12 Mar 2017 5:31 p.m. PST

The Raiding Support Regiment in the Med had a 75-mm Battery, pretty sure they used the pack howitzer. I vaguely recall a discussion, possibly on another forum, as to whether the RA Mountain Regt in Italy used it or just the British 3.7-in howitzer.


Martin Rapier13 Mar 2017 12:07 a.m. PST

I was going suggest British Mountain troops, including 52nd Lowland Div.

uglyfatbloke13 Mar 2017 7:27 a.m. PST

I'd be surprised if 52nd did n't have them.

Personal logo FingerandToeGlenn Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Mar 2017 9:42 a.m. PST

…and US Air Force bases for ceremonial firing at least through the 70s (I got to fire one at Warren AFB)

Murvihill13 Mar 2017 10:10 a.m. PST

Not sure, did the 10th(?) Mountain Division have any?

dwight shrute13 Mar 2017 11:04 a.m. PST

I read that Brit airborne had replaced them with 106mm RCL at Suez ( 1956 )

Starfury Rider13 Mar 2017 12:41 p.m. PST

10th Mountain Div had 75-mm pack howitzers according to their Nov1944 T/O&E. I've checked the five WEs issued for a RA Mountain Regt 1940-45 and they all say 3.7-in howitzer, including the theatre specific table for Mountain Regts in Italy. This last one was superseded in 1944 and I've not found a copy of the revised version, so you never know what it said.

Re 1st Mtn Regt in 21AG, didn't they disassemble one of their weapons, haul it upstairs and fire it from a building? If there's a detailed account of that incident hopefully it mentioned what weapon it was. They replaced their mules with Jeeps of course so perhaps they changed their howitzers as well. The rest of 52nd (Lowland) Div Arty was of the normal type for an Inf Div.


Ferozopore14 Mar 2017 10:21 a.m. PST

The Moroccan Mountain Division had a battalion of pack howitzers from 1943.

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