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Today in WW II: 20 Apr 1945 Northern Italy: US 5th Army breaks out beyond the Apennines, into the broad Po River Valley, forcing retreat across the Po by forces of German Gen. Heinrich Von Vietinghoff.   

M-114 155mm Towed Howitzer

The M-114 155mm Towed Howitzer was first produced in 1942 as the M1 Howitzer. After WW II it was redesignated as the Howitzer, Medium, Towed 155mm, M114. It was a mainstay of the Army's field artillery for 40 years, including its use in World War II, the Korean War and in Vietnam.

The M114 was produced as the M114A2 variant by Rock Island Arsenal and was replaced by the M198 howitzer starting in 1982.

The M-114 required a crew of 11 men, had a range of 14 miles, and could maintain a sustained rate of fire of 40 rounds per hour.

Click here for a photo of an M-114 of the 503d Field Artillery Battalion, 2d Infantry Division as it fires against Chinese Communist forces to the north during the Korean War.

3rd Marine Division Marines move an M114 155 mm howitzer into position during construction of a mountain-top fire support base, June 1968
3rd Marine Division Marines move an M114 155mm howitzer into position during construction of a mountain-top fire support base, June 1968.

Firing an M114 155mm howitzer during a training exercise, June 1975
Firing an M114 155mm howitzer during a training exercise, June 1975.

US Army artillery crew loads an M114 155mm howitzer during a training exercise, September 1975
US Army artillery crew loads an M114 155mm howitzer during a training exercise, September 1975.

USMC artillery crews fire two M114 155 mm Howitzer during Exercise OCEAN VENTURE 84, 20 April 1984.
USMC artillery crews fire two M114 155mm Howitzer during Exercise OCEAN VENTURE 84, 20 April 1984.

US Army artillery crews conducting firing exercises with an M114 155 mm howitzer, bottom, and an M110 203 mm self-propelled howitzer.  17 September 1985
US Army artillery crews conducting firing exercises with an M114 155mm howitzer, bottom, and an M110 203mm self-propelled howitzer, 17 September 1985.

Another image of the M-114 155mm Howitzer in Vietnam is at this link.

Thanks to Russell Denison for correct ID of M114 photos.

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