Monday, July 25, 2011

Military Snapshot - 75mm Pack Howitzer Crew on Tinian

This enterprising Marine 75mm pack howitzer crew broke its weapon down into its four portable components, manpacked them to the heights, reassembled the howitzer, lashed it down so the recoil would not send it tumbling out of control, and repeatedly fired it straight into the open maw of a large cave. This is one of the few documented occasions in which the manpackable pack howitzer was packed over rough terrain by men alone. Official USMC Photo, from Islands of Hell: The U.S. Marines in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945 by Eric Hammel.

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