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U.S. Model 1918M1 155mm Gun and Model 1918A1 Carriage

 
 
U.S. Model 1918M1 155mm Gun and Model 1918A1 Carriage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Timothy Carr, June 19, 2013
1. U.S. Model 1918M1 155mm Gun and Model 1918A1 Carriage Marker
Inscription.
The U.S. Model 1918M1 155mm Gun, more commonly known as the “G.P.F.”, was a French heavy artillery piece manufactured in the U.S. for use by the U.S. Army during World War I. Due to the guns mobility and hitting power, it was used during the 1920s and 1930s as a coast defense weapon. By 1944, the M1918M1 gun and the M1918AA carriage with its solid rubber tires were no longer in front line service and had been relegated to a support role. During World War II, Battery F of the 50th Coast Artillery Regiment manned two M1918M1 GPF guns (Nos. 176 and 802) at Fort Morgan, initially in field emplacements and later on “Panama” mounts on top of the fort.

Weight of Gun and Carriage: 19,860 pounds
Weight of Projectile: 95 pounds
Muzzle Velocity: 2,360 feet per second
Range: 20,000 yards
Rate of Fire: 4 rounds per minute
 
Location. 30° 13.77′ N, 88° 1.38′ W. Marker is in Gulf Shores, Alabama, in Baldwin County. Marker is on Fort Morgan Road (State Road 180) 1.7 miles west of Dune Drive, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located on the grounds of Fort Morgan State Historic Park across the parking lot from the museum near the entrance to historic Fort
U.S. Model 1918M1 155mm Gun and Model 1918A1 Carriage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Timothy Carr, June 19, 2013
2. U.S. Model 1918M1 155mm Gun and Model 1918A1 Carriage Marker
Morgan. Marker is at or near this postal address: 51 Highway 180 West, Gulf Shores AL 36542, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Bowyer War of 1812 (within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing); Battery Schenck (1899-1923) (within shouting distance of this marker); 6.4” (100 pounder) Parrott Rifle / 7” Brooke Rifle (within shouting distance of this marker); Noble Leslie DeVotie (within shouting distance of this marker); The Overland Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker); 32 Pounder Sea Coast Defense Gun (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery Thomas (1898-1917) (within shouting distance of this marker); The Citadel (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Gulf Shores.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Morgan, Guardian On The Bay. (Submitted on November 2, 2013, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, World IWar, World II
 
U.S. Model 1918M1 155mm Gun and Model 1918A1 Carriage image. Click for full size.
By Timothy Carr, June 19, 2013
3. U.S. Model 1918M1 155mm Gun and Model 1918A1 Carriage
Left Image: image. Click for full size.
By Timothy Carr, June 19, 2013
4. Left Image:
Although two 155 GPFs were mounted in semi fixed positions called “Panama” mounts, two additional guns were left mobile. Pictured is one such gun just east of the fort.
Right Image: image. Click for full size.
By Timothy Carr, June 19, 2013
5. Right Image:
A camouflaged 155 GPF mounted on a Panama mount located on the top of the fort. (National Museum of World War II, New Orleans)
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 643 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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