Use Of Self Propelled Artillery For Direct Fire - NWE -1944 & 1945

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Use Of Self Propelled Artillery For Direct Fire - NWE -1944 & 1945

Post by Richard Stone » 05 Dec 2021 18:50

The attached reports discuss the successful and unsuccessful results of using US self propelled artillery for direct fire missions against pillboxes during the NWE 1944 and 1945 campaign. The primary gun used for these missions was the US M-12 155mm howitzer.
Armor - CmBat Notes - Direct Fire3A.png
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Armor - CmBatt Notes - 31 Oct 31 1944 -SPG Direct Fire3.png
Armor - CmBatt Notes - 30 October 1944 - Direct Fire5.png
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Re: Use Of Self Propelled Artillery For Direct Fire - NWE -1944 & 1945

Post by Richard Stone » 05 Dec 2021 19:14

The 2 attached reports discuss the successful results obtained by using US self propelled artillery for direct fire missions against pillboxes during the NWE 1944 and 1945 campaign. The gun used in the first report is the US M-12 155mm howitzer.

The second short report (Attachment #3) discusses use of a M7B1 105mm SPG for direct fire.
Armor - CmBat Notes -30 Dec 1944 -SPG Direct Fire1.png
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Armor - CmBatt Notes -39th Inft Div - 22 Sept 1944 - SPG 105mm Direct Fire4 .png
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Re: Use Of Self Propelled Artillery For Direct Fire - NWE -1944 & 1945

Post by Carl Schwamberger » 11 Dec 2021 05:53

Some of that looks familiar. Direct fires with large heavy cannon on the battlefield are problematic. Over the years I've run across more than a few descriptions of this going badly for the gun crews.

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