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Carlisle in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Army Introduces a Heavyweight:

The 3-Inch Antitank Gun M5/M6

 
 
The Army Introduces a Heavyweight: Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
1. The Army Introduces a Heavyweight: Marker
Inscription. Responding to the battlefield realities encountered in the North African campaign against German armor, the United States Army Ordinance Department began to develop a heavier anti-tank gun to replace the diminutive 37mm M3A1 then serving on the front lines in 1942. By modifying the chamber of the barrel from the 3-inch Antiaircraft gun, (M3) and replacing the breech with that of the 105mm Howitzer (M2A1), a hybrid barrel, classified as the 3-inch Anti-tank gun (M5) was put into production. The new gun was then mounted to the M6 carriage, which was also developed out of the 105mm Howitzer’s and further modified with sloped shields to protect the crew from small arms fire. The new gun, designated the 3-inch Antitank Gun, M5/M6 was capable of penetrating armor 3.31 inches thick at 2,000 yards. Although heavy, requiring a 6x6 vehicle to haul it into combat, the 2,500 pieces produced during the war proved worthy weapons against Axis armor.
 
Erected by U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
 
Location. 40° 12.333′ N, 77° 9.548′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker can be reached from Army Heritage Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8
Insert - M5/M6 in action image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
2. Insert - M5/M6 in action
other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Civil War Winter Cabins (within shouting distance of this marker); Sergeant Frederick A. Counsel (within shouting distance of this marker); Reception Center (within shouting distance of this marker); Induction Centers (within shouting distance of this marker); World War II Core Area (within shouting distance of this marker); Sergeant Michael A. Mira (within shouting distance of this marker); Kady Brownell (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Cabins (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlisle.
 
Categories. War, World II
 
Insert - M5/M6 overview image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
3. Insert - M5/M6 overview
Insert - weapon characteristics image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
4. Insert - weapon characteristics
M5/M6 on display image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
5. M5/M6 on display
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 5, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 4, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 44 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 4, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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