M1937 Anti-Tank Gun
— 1937-1943 —
Type: 45 mm Anti-Tank Gun
Manufacturer: Zavod Factory Nr. 172
Weight: 1,235 lbs (.6 tons)
Rate of Fire: 20 rounds per minute
Range: 14,436 ft (2.73 miles)
Ammunition: High Explosive, Anti-Tank, High Velocity, Armor Piercing
Number Built: 37,354
Prior to World War II, armor experts believed that 45 mm anti-tank weapons would be sufficient to penetrate enemy armor. The industrialized powers produced thousands of small cannons such as the M1937, all of which were obsolete within a year of the start of the war because of armor improvements. Many stayed in the inventory as all-purpose light artillery. This weapon was possibly used by German Kriegs Marine Coast Artillery or Soviet Marines as indicated by the stamp located forward of the breech ring. It has been restored to German Artillery colors.
SN: A29573H; Object ID# 666212
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Military • War, World II.
Location. 29° 57.528′ N, 90° 0.408′ W. Marker is in New Orleans, Louisiana, in Orleans
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Skoda 37 mm Kanon P.U.V. vz 37.L/47.6 (here, next to this marker); AZP S-60 Anti-Aircraft Gun (a few steps from this marker); M1938 (M30) Field Howitzer (a few steps from this marker); M1939 Automatic Air Defense G (61-K) (a few steps from this marker); ZiS2 M1943 Anti-Tank Gun (a few steps from this marker); M561 "Gamma Goat" (within shouting distance of this marker); ZPU 4 (within shouting distance of this marker); M2 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Gun (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Orleans.
More about this marker. Located on the grounds of the Louisiana National Guard, Jackson Barracks base. The Ansel M. Stroud Jr. Military History & Weapons Museum is located on site. Museum is opened M-Sat 10-4. Highly recommend checking before a visit to make sure base/museum is opened and accessible to civilians, as it is an active military base.
Also see . . . Geaux Guard Museum website. (Submitted on December 20, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 20, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 35 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 20, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.