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  1. By the end of 1941 the U.S. 90 mm anti-aircraft gun was very new. How many had been produced by December 1941? Probably not many available.
  2. No accounting for taste. I like it. The paint scheme is very soothing. Could lull the enemy into a false sense of safety. Also great for peace keeping operations. Goes great with a UN blue helmet!
  3. How does the stinger stack up against current man portable AA weapons?
  4. The site was much better a few years ago. The Site's Creator had to move to a different host. He lost a lot of data. He is slowly recreating the site.
  5. I wonder how common it was to have chemical warfare weapons in theater for retaliation use? Did all the major combatants do this? If it was U.S. policy to have chemical weapons in theater it would seem it would have been better to not have them within range of enemy tactical bombers.
  6. Bayonet Strength is a useful Site: http://www.bayonetstrength.uk/BritishArmy/BritParaBn/OrgBrParaBn-headerpg.htm http://www.bayonetstrength.uk/BritishArmy/BritParaBn/3. WE Para Bn Feb44.pdf
  7. Call it literary license! Made for a catchy title. The U.S. M47 mustard gas bombs on the U.S. Liberty Ship SS John Harvey made the German attack much deadlier. Although because of the way deaths were recorded it is probably impossible to separate out fatalities that died because of mustard gas exposure that would probably have survived. The treatment by the mostly British medical staff contributed to the fatalities by mustard gas. I am not being critical of the British medical staff . They did not know what they were dealing with. The best thing they could have done was clean th
  8. In December 1943 the U.S. Liberty ship SS John Harvey was in the Italian harbor of Bari. It was carrying a secret cargo of mustard gas bombs. These were in theater in case the Germans used chemical weapons the Allies would have the capability to retaliate. On December 2nd a German air raid caused heavy damage to the port and ships at Bari. Among the ships that were hit and sunk was the SS John Harvey. The bomb damage caused a release of mustard gas. Large numbers of Allied sailors and other service members were killed and injured in the attack. As would be expected their injuries
  9. Does any one have an official kill radius for various howitzer and mortar projectiles? If I remember correctly from my era for U.S. artillery it was: 105 mm 25 meters 155 mm 50 meters 8" 80 meters Which I believe meant that with the 105 mm for instance that 50% of individuals with no cover within 25 mm would be casualties.
  10. Besides the World War II era Soviet towed 120 MM mortars there have been plenty of more recent towed 120 mm mortars. Here is a recent USMC example: https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/19232/marine-corps-is-finished-with-its-long-troubled-lightweight-120mm-mortar-systems
  11. Airborne units were forced on occasion to us their 75 mm pack howitzers against tanks. The M3 105 mm was a step up.
  12. Towed heavy heavy mortars were use by the USSR. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M1938_mortar
  13. As FALightFighter said at some time after World War II the U.S. Army replaced the M3 105 mm howitzer equipped cannon companies with 4.2" ( four deuce} mortar companies. In the big war they were in separate chemical warfare battalions. There are pros and cons to both weapons: They mortar is much lighter. The M3 howitzer has better range and accuracy. The mortar has a better white phosphorous, smoke and chemical projectile. The 105 mm howitzer projectile is heavier and stronger thus better against hard targets. The M3 howitzer is better in direct fire mode.
  14. From what I've read it seems the original idea was for them to work in platoons of two guns . Often doing direct fire against enemy hard points. Many units used them as additional indirect fire resources as you've said tied into the divisional artillery network. I read a unofficial cannon company history where they men praised their company commander for using the guns in indirect fire missions almost exclusively. If the M3 were in position to direct fire they are very vulnerable to enemy mortars and artillery. It would be difficult to hide a howitzer i
  15. By the U.S. Army mid World War II TOE a standard infantry regiment should have a cannon company with 6 (six) M3 infantry howitzers. Of course many units did not have the standard equipment. Some had M8 75mm motor gun carriages. Some had the M7 "Priest" 105 mm howitzer motor carriage.
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