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East Lake-Orient Park in Hillsborough County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

US Army Howitzer 75mm

SN: 20543
Recoil # M1897A5
Barrel# M1897A4

 
 
US Army Howitzer 75mm Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, March 7, 2022
1. US Army Howitzer 75mm Marker
Inscription.  
This Howitzer was manufactured at the French government armory in Bourges, France in 1918. Designed by: Albert Deport, Etienne Sainte-Claire Deville and Emile Rimailho.
Designed: 1891-1896
Number built: 21,000+
Width: 6 ft 7 Inches
Crew: 6 Breech: Nordenfelt eccentric screw Rate of Fire: 15-30 rpm burst Max firing range: 12,000 yards
Manufacturer: Bourges in 1918
Barrel Length: 8 ft 10 Inches
Height: 4 ft 7 inches
Caliber: 75mm
Recoil: Hydraulic
Carriage: 6 Horse team

The French artillery piece Canon de 75 model 1887 was well renowned from its service in World War I the artillery field, namely, the hydro-pneumatic recoil mechanism and a rapid fire capability. The recoil mechanism gave the gun a very smooth and fast recoil, only 2 seconds after firing it can be reloaded and fired again. The rapid fire capability comes from the ability to stay in target after the first shot. After World War I, the gun became obsolete with the development of newer and better artillery designs, but the huge quantities available kept it in service in France and
US Army Howitzer 75mm Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, March 7, 2022
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other countries such as Britain and Poland. France attempted to modernize the canon by giving it the ability to act as an anti-tank gun. These were in turn captured by the Germans after the Battle of France in 1940 and captured as the 7.5 cm Pak 97/38, but the gun was still limited in effectiveness as it was put against the heavier T-34 and KV-1 tanks in the Soviet Union, during Operation Barbarossa. Most of the guns were then relegated to second-line artillery or coastal defense guns. In 1941 these guns became surplus when replaced by the 105 mm M101 split-trail Howitzer and were removed from their towed carriages and installed on the M3 Half-Track as the (M3 GMG), M3 GMCS were used in the Pacific theater during the Battle for the Philippines and by Marine Regimental Gun Companies until 1944.
 
Erected by Hillsborough County.
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, World II. A significant historical year for this entry is 1941.
 
Location. 27° 58.601′ N, 82° 21.784′ W. Marker is in East Lake-Orient Park, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Memorial can be reached from U.S. 301, 0.2 miles south of East Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, on the right when traveling south. Marker stands within Hillsborough County Veterans Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3602 N US Highway 301, Tampa FL 33619, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
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walking distance of this marker. US Army Stuart M3A1 Light Tank (here, next to this marker); Bataan Death March Bridge (here, next to this marker); Navy Seabees (a few steps from this marker); First Lieutenant Baldomero Lopez (within shouting distance of this marker); Medal of Honor (within shouting distance of this marker); Sergeant First Class Paul R. Smith (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Remagen Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Hillsborough County World War I Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker).
 
Also see . . .  75mm Pack Howitzer M8 (Airborne). (Submitted on April 5, 2022, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 5, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 4, 2022, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 64 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 5, 2022, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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Mar. 23, 2023