Artillery restoration project made possible by volunteers

| April 6, 2017 | 0 Comments
Once in need of considerable bodywork and paint, the M3 Howitzer is now exhibit-ready.

Once in need of considerable bodywork and paint, the M3 Howitzer is now exhibit-ready.

 

Volunteers prepare to roll the Japanese Model 1 back into place in front of the museum.

Volunteers prepare to roll the Japanese Model 1 back into place in front of the museum.

Story and photos by
Allison Ramsey
U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii

FORT DERUSSY — Be sure to have a look at the newly restored artillery pieces located in front of the museum during your next visit, here.

Logistics Readiness Center personnel at Schofield Barracks have been busy over the past six weeks giving our artifacts some much-needed repairs and paint.

The smaller of the two pieces is a Japanese 47 mm Model 1 Anti-tank Gun. This model was built in 1941 and could fire 3.37-pound projectiles a maximum horizontal distance of 8,400 yards. The 25th Infantry Division originally captured it during World War II.

Serving as a contrast is the U.S. 105 mm M3 Howitzer. This piece of World War II artillery was particularly effective where massed high angle indirect fire was needed. The M3 combined a shortened M2A1 barrel with a 75 mm Pack Howitzer gun carriage, made “air portable.” The M3 could fire 33-pound projectiles a maximum range of 8,300 yards.

The 3rd Bn., 7th FA Regt., 25th DIVARTY, 25th ID Soldiers secure the final positioning for the 47mm anti-tank gun.

The 3rd Bn., 7th FA Regt., 25th DIVARTY, 25th ID Soldiers secure the final positioning for the 47mm anti-tank gun.

The museum staff would like to extend a thank you to the LRC for its superior work and attention to detail, and also to the volunteers from 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 25th Division Artillery, 25th ID, who helped place these macro artifacts back into position once restoration was complete.

(Editor’s note: Ramsey is the museum curator.)

 

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