240 mm Howitzer M1 Field Gun
|Country of Origin||United States|
|Barrel Length||8,380.000 mm|
|Ammunition Weight||156.50 kg|
|Rate of Fire||1 rounds/min|
|Muzzle Velocity||701 m/s|
Contributor: C. Peter Chenww2dbaseThe design effort for what would result in US Army's 240-millimeter Howitzer M1 field gun took place between 1941 and 1943. Except for those converted from naval guns, the 240-mm Howitzer M1 guns were the largest in the US Army arsenal during WW2, requiring 14 men to operate a single gun. They were placed into service in 1943 and first saw action with the US 5th Army at Anzio, Italy in Sep of that year. They were generally regarded favorably for their firepower and relative accuracy when attacking German fortifications and even tank concentrations. A number of these weapons were used by the British Eighth Army during WW2. Production ceased after the end of the war after 315 were built. During the Korean War, 12 of them were reactivated for action with the US 213th and 159th Field Artilleries. In the late 1950s, about 30 of them were transferred to the Republic of China; they were deployed on the islands of Kinmen and Matsu near mainland China to guard against potential communist aggression, and they are still in active service in the Republic of China military today.
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Last Major Revision: Feb 2012
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