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75MM PACK HOWITZER

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75mm Pack Howitzer
Being flown into battle? Taking the enemy on in mountainous terrain? This compact little gun is just what you need.

It was precisely for this purpose that the 75mm Pack Howitzer, or M1, was devised. The gun was conceived to be lightweight & highly transportable – while still packing a formidable punch.

You certainly can’t fault its characteristics. It weighed just 653kgs & was broken down into 6 packing sections.

It could sustain a rate of fire of 3-6 rounds per minute & the weapon itself was adapted to serve in the M8 GMC & LVT fire support vehicles.

One of our favourite stories about the M1 is how a group of partisans in Italy in the last months of World War Two used a Pack Howitzer to deadly effect.

One was used by a group of partisans in the Reggio Emilio district. This disparate band of guerilla fighters was led by SOE agent Mike Lees.

Lees identified a German Divisional HQ behind the frontline & put in a request for assistance as well as permission to attack. Sure enough, it was answered with a greenlight. SAS hero Roy Farran arrived soon after with a small contingent of SAS to plan the daring attack. The weapon he had parachuted to their mountain hideout was a Pack Howitzer – as well as a handful of heavily-armed Jeeps – dropped from Halifax bombers!

Even though the howitzer wasn’t used in the raid itself – codenamed Operation Tombola – Farran used it to devastating effect in the weeks afterwards to bombard enemy garrisons & outposts along communication routes throughout Reggio Emilia.

In these lightening raids, the compact nature of the gun came into its own, as Farran & his men tore around the countryside in their Jeeps towing the gun from one firing position to another.

As a homage to this operation, we thought we’d show you some reference shots in the hope it inspires you to build a model of this powerful but portable gun.

75mm Pack Howitzer - Walkaround
75mm Pack Howitzer - Walkaround
75mm Pack Howitzer - Walkaround
75mm Pack Howitzer - Walkaround
75mm Pack Howitzer - Walkaround
75mm Pack Howitzer - Walkaround
75mm Pack Howitzer - Walkaround
75mm Pack Howitzer - Walkaround
75mm Pack Howitzer - Walkaround
75mm Pack Howitzer - Walkaround
75mm Pack Howitzer - Walkaround
75mm Pack Howitzer - Walkaround
75mm Pack Howitzer - Walkaround
75mm Pack Howitzer - Walkaround
75mm Pack Howitzer - Walkaround
75mm Pack Howitzer - Walkaround
75mm Pack Howitzer - Walkaround
75mm Pack Howitzer - Walkaround
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