Boalsburg in Centre County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Ordnance QF, 4.5-inch Howitzer Mark II
Pennsylvania Military Museum
About the Ordnance QF 4.5-inch Howitzer
Weight: 972 lbs.
Caliber: 4.5 inch
Maximum Range: 7,300 yards
Projectile weight: 35 lbs.
Maximum elevation: 45 degrees
Total number produced: 3,359
Location. 40° 46.858′ N, 77° 47.807′ W. Marker is in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, in Centre County. Marker is on Old Boalsburg Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located in the parking lot for the Pennsylvania Military Museum and 28th Infantry Division Shrine. Marker is in this post office area: Boalsburg PA 16827, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. M59 Armored Personnel Carrier (within shouting distance of this marker); 103rd Engineers (within shouting distance of this marker); Twin 40mm Self-propelled Gun, M42A1 Duster M4A1(76)W General Sherman Tank (within shouting distance of this marker); Headquarters Troop 28th Division (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 28th Division Shrine (about 300 feet away); Coshocton Train Wreck (about 400 feet away); M114A2 Towed 155mm Howitzer (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boalsburg.
More about this marker. Photos of the howitzer in the field carry the captions:
The howitzer brought deadly power to the battlefield. Elevated to 45 degrees, it could drop rounds almost straight down onto enemy fortifications that could not be hit by direct fire.
Horses pulled the first Mark I howitzers like the one shown here during World War I, into battle. In 1938, the British Army adapted the howitzer for mechanized towing. The York, Pennsylvania, firm of Martin-Parry produced the conversion kits for all British field guns mechanized in 1938.
Also see . . . Ordnance QF, 4.5-inch Howitzer. Wikipedia article offering technical details (Submitted on June 23, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, World I • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 23, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,907 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 23, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.