M2 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Gun
— 1943-1945 —
Type: 90 mm Anti-Aircraft Gun
Weight: 32,300 lbs (16 tons)
Rate of Fire: 28 rounds per minute
Range 33.800 ft (vertical), 56,670 ft (Horizontal)
Ammunition: High explosive, Armor Piercing and Proximity Fuzed Shells
The M2 anti-Aircraft Gun was the equivalent of the German 88 mm. It was known as the _Triple Threat Gun" due to its capability to be deployed as an anti-tank, anti-aircraft or infantry support weapon. The M2 played a central role in the defeat of the V-1 "flying bomb" menace in the European Theater of World War II. Of the over 5000 V-1s sent over Antwerp, 90 mm batteries destroyed all but 211.
The Louisiana National Guard 769th and 527th Anti-Aircraft Battalions used guns like this just after World War II.
SN:29365; Object ID# 66216
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Military • War, World II.
Location. 29° 57.527′ N, 90° 0.389′ W. Marker is in New Orleans, Louisiana, in Orleans Parish. Marker can be reached from Chenault Boulevard near North Claiborne Avenue
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. ZPU 4 (here, next to this marker); D7-K Bulldozer (a few steps from this marker); ZiS2 M1943 Anti-Tank Gun (a few steps from this marker); MT-LB (a few steps from this marker); M1938 (M30) Field Howitzer (a few steps from this marker); AZP S-60 Anti-Aircraft Gun (a few steps from this marker); D30 Howitzer (within shouting distance of this marker); M1937 Anti-Tank 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.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 24, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 66 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 24, 2020, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.