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U.S. Army Garrison, Picatinny Arsenal in Morris County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

M1A1 Pack Howitzer

 
 
M1A1 Pack Howitzer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 1, 2018
1. M1A1 Pack Howitzer Marker
Inscription.
The M1A1 Pack Howitzer was widely used during World War II and featured a short 75mm barrel. It could reach a sustained rate of fire of 3 to 6 rounds per minute with a range of roughly 5-½ miles. The howitzer as seen here with an M8 carriage weighs just under 1,500 pounds. It was well suited for rough terrain and was often air dropped to otherwise inaccessible places. The howitzer could be broken down into six or seven loads and hand carried or loaded onto “pack” animals, hence its name. The Army used the Pack Howitzer for airborne and mountain units while the Marine Corps used it to support beach landings where it would be carried ashore in pieces for quick assembly and deployment on the beach.
 
Location. 40° 56.448′ N, 74° 33.894′ W. Marker is in U.S. Army Garrison, Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, in Morris County. Marker is at the intersection of Farley Lane and Parker Road, on the right when traveling west on Farley Lane. Touch for map. Marker is located on the grounds of the Picatinny Arsenal. Marker is in this post office area: Picatinny Arsenal NJ 07806, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. M153 - Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (a few steps from this marker); M198 Howitzer (within shouting distance
M1A1 Pack Howitzer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 1, 2018
2. M1A1 Pack Howitzer Marker
of this marker); Lightweight 155mm Howitzer (within shouting distance of this marker); M119 Howitzer (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Cannons (within shouting distance of this marker); Historical Exhibit (within shouting distance of this marker); Administration and Research Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); Middle Forge (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in U.S. Army Garrison, Picatinny Arsenal.
 
Categories. War, World II
 
M1A1 Pack Howitzer image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 1, 2018
3. M1A1 Pack Howitzer
The M1A1 Pack Howitzer and marker are seen here to the left of he stairs.
Picatinny Arsenal image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 1, 2018
4. Picatinny Arsenal
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 22, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 2, 2018, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 44 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 2, 2018, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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