Fredericksburg in Gillespie County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
U.S. 105mm Howitzer M2A1:
A U.S. Army infantry division had 36 of these howitzers during World War II. In 1942 U.S. Marine divisions were authorized only 12 105mm howitzers but by 1945 had increased the number to 36.
• Manufacturer: Rock Island Arsenal
• Weight: 5000 lbs.
• Breech: horizontal block
• Recoil: hydropneumatic constant 42 inches
• Carriage: split trail
• Elevation: -5 to +66 degrees
• Traverse: 46 degrees
• Ammunition: semi-fixed
• High Explosive projectile weight: 33 lbs.
• Rate of fire: 10 rounds per minute maximum, 3 rounds per minute sustained
• Maximum Range: 7 miles
Lower Right: "With artillery, war is made."
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, World II. A significant historical year for this entry is 1934.
Location. 30° 16.376′ N, 98° 52.027′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Texas, in Gillespie County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East Austin Street and North Washington Street. The marker is located in the northeastern sectional of the National Museum of the Pacific War. There is an entrance fee to visit inside the museum but this marker is located on the outside grounds by the entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 311 East Austin Street, Fredericksburg TX 78624, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Twin 40mm Bofors: (here, next to this marker); Ordnance QF 25-Pounder Field Gun: (here, next to this marker); Franklin D. Roosevelt (a few steps from this marker); Harry S. Truman (a few steps from this marker); 75mm Field Gun, M2A2: (a few steps from this marker); Dwight D. Eisenhower (a few steps from this marker); John F. Kennedy (a few steps from this marker); George H. W. Bush (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
Also see . . . M101 howitzer.
The 105 mm M101A1 howitzer (previously designated M2A1) is an artillery piece developed and used by the United States. It was the standard U.S. light field howitzer in World War II and saw action in both the European and Pacific theaters and during the Korean War. Entering production in 1941, it quickly gained a reputation for accuracy and a powerful punch. The M101A1 fires 105 mm high explosive (HE) semi-fixed ammunition and has a range of 12,330 yards (11,270 m), making it suitable for supporting infantry. Source: Wikipedia(Submitted on April 28, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
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