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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP01 Feb 2019 3:11 p.m. PST

Of possible interest?

https://ww2db.com/vehicle.php?list=G

Amicalement
Armand

wrgmr101 Feb 2019 3:37 p.m. PST

Nice site, thanks for posting Armand!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP02 Feb 2019 11:09 a.m. PST

A votre service mon ami! (smile)


Amicalement
Armand

Garde de Paris Supporting Member of TMP02 Feb 2019 11:37 a.m. PST

I agree, Armand good site.

I am no expert, but it seems that the description of the M3 US Self Propelled gun an French 75mm dating from the 1890 is somewhat off. They were used at ?El Qatar? after the Kasserine Pass disaster, to blunt and turn back the
German 10th Panzer division. They fired from an overlook position, then backed down out of view to reload. Forward, fire. reverse, reload, repeat. True, the US forces were also supported by their by their own 3 battalions of 105 howitzers and one of 155's. A German prisoner wept, because the 10th Panzer had never before been bested by a "mere infantry division."

GdeP

Andy ONeill02 Feb 2019 12:12 p.m. PST

I think the m3 gmc did indeed mount the "french" 75.
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Richard Baber03 Feb 2019 4:41 a.m. PST

The GMC75 was still in service in Italy until very late in the war.

The Ranger Battalions had a cannon company of them in Sicily and later in Italy, when the Rangers were destroyed at Cisterna (Anzio), the survivors and cannon company was folded into 1st Special Service Brigade (Black Devils) and took part in the Anvil/Dragoon landings on the southern French coast.

Legion 403 Feb 2019 7:08 a.m. PST

Yes, the RANGERs[then later the 1st Spec. Service] enjoyed the fire support of the M3 1/2 Track with the 75. A welcomed addition to any Light Infantry unit.


And the M3 with the US 105 howitzer, the T-19, was also good fire support. And they could fire both HE and AT.

Lion in the Stars03 Feb 2019 2:32 p.m. PST

@Garde de Paris: Yes, the US was still using the M1897 75mm howitzer in a few places, though mostly replaced in the artillery by 105s.

Nothing wrong with the 75mm gun other than relatively wimpy payload (compared to 105s).

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP03 Feb 2019 2:59 p.m. PST

Glad you like it too my friend!. (smile)


Amicalement
Armand

Murvihill07 Feb 2019 8:53 a.m. PST

The Germans converted a couple thousand French 75's to AT guns. PAK 97/38. Lotta life left for the Soixante-Quinze.

Mobius07 Feb 2019 10:08 a.m. PST

M3 US Self Propelled gun an French 75mm dating from the 1890
I don't see this. I seen "The M1897A4 gun (originally a French design)" which is true.

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