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M41 155 mm Howitzer Motor Carriage

Genesis

Désirant fournir à l' obusier de 155 mm un affût mobile, plus compact et plus économique que ceux basé sur le Medium Tank M3: M12 HMC ou Medium Tank M4A3: M40 HMC, l' US Army développa un porteur d' arme basé sur le Light Tank M24 Chaffee.

Wishing to provide to the howitzer of 155 mm a mobile mounting, more compact and more economic than those based on Medium Tank M3: M12 HMC or Medium Tank M4A3: M40 HMC, US Army developed a carrier of weapon based on the Light Tank M24 Chaffee.

 

Prototype T64 M41 155 mm HMC

 

L' obusier de 155 mm M1 fut choisi pour armer cet engin, dans un compartiment de combat arrière, renvoyant le moteur au centre de l' engin. Cadillac développa le prototype T64 puis le T64E1 et finalisa le développement dont le premier modèle de production fit son apparition en juin 1945 sous la désignation de M41 155 mm HMC.

The howitzer of 155 mm M1 was selected to arm this machine, in a back compartment of combat, moving the engine in the center of the machine. Cadillac developed the T64 prototype then the T64E1 and finalized the development whose first model of production made its appearance in June 1945 under designation of M41 155 mm HMC.

 

 

Production

Le M41 fut produit par la Cadillac Motor Car Division of General Motors Corp. avec l' aide de la Massey Harris Co. à 85 exemplaires en 1945.

M41 was produced by Cadillac Motor Car Division of General Motors Corp. with the assistance of Massey Harris Co to 85 specimens in 1945.

 

M41 155 mm HMC

 

Vu son arrivée tardive vers juin 1945, il est peu probable que cet engin participa à des engagement lors de la deuxième guerre mondiale, sauf peut-être dans le Pacifique. En tous cas le M41 est une véhicule d' appui feu indirect opérant des lignes arrière à longue distance en pilonnant les positions ennemies comme le ferait une pièce d' artillerie classique. Cependant son affût mobile et très véloce procurait une excellente mobilité au 155 mm M1.

Considering its late arrival about June 1945, it is not very probable that this machine took part in engagement at the time of the Second World War, except perhaps in the Pacific. In all cases M41 is a support indirect fire vehicle operating from the back lines, at long distance by ramming the enemy positions as would do it a traditional piece of artillery. However its mobile and very swift mounting got an excellent mobility to the 155 mm M1.

 

Les munitions étaient entreposées
sous l' obusier
The ammunition were stored under the howitzer

 

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