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M-43 8-inch Howitzer Motor Carriage

The M-43 Howitzer Motor Carriage mounted the M1 or M2 8-inch howitzer in the M17 mount. This is the identical carriage to the M-40 that mounts a 155mm gun. Prototypes were produced late in World War II, were standardized as the M43 in November 1945, and saw service in Korea.

The carriage was developed from the M4 Sherman tank chassis. In development, this vehicle was designated T89. In addition to its armament, it carred 16 rounds of 8-in. howitzer ammunition. It was fitted with a rear spade and a folding crew platform behind the gun.

The manufacturer was Pressed Steel Car Company of Pittsburgh, PA.

Specifications of the M-43 8-inch Howitzer Motor Carriage

Crew8
Weight40 tons
Height9 feet 4 in.
Width10 feet 4 in.
Length21 feet 10 in,
EngineContinental R-975-C4 (9 cyl radial)
Horsepower395 bhp
Road Speed24 mph
Range100 miles

M-43 8-inch Howitzer Motor Carriage of  Co. A, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, U.S. Eighth Army, west of Punchbowl, Korea, 13 August 1952
M-43 8-inch Howitzer Motor Carriage of Co. A, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, U.S. Eighth Army, west of Punchbowl, Korea, 13 August 1952.

Interior of an M-43 8-inch Howitzer Motor Carriage, Pfc. Herbert E. Hallstrand at the controls, 793rd Field Artillery, Camp McCoy, WI firing range, 8 October 1951
Interior of an M-43 8-inch Howitzer Motor Carriage, Pfc. Herbert E. Hallstrand at the controls, 793rd Field Artillery, Camp McCoy, WI firing range, 8 October 1951.

M-43 8-inch Howitzer Motor Carriage at 1st Cavalry Division Museum, Ft. Hood, TX, 31 March 2006. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit
M-43 8-inch Howitzer Motor Carriage at 1st Cavalry Division Museum, Ft. Hood, TX, 31 March 2006. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit.

M-43 8-inch Howitzer Motor Carriage at 1st Cavalry Division Museum, Ft. Hood, TX, 31 March 2006. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit
M-43 8-inch Howitzer Motor Carriage at 1st Cavalry Division Museum, Ft. Hood, TX, 31 March 2006. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit.

M-43 8-inch Howitzer Motor Carriage at 1st Cavalry Division Museum, Ft. Hood, TX, 31 March 2006. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit
M-43 8-inch Howitzer Motor Carriage at 1st Cavalry Division Museum, Ft. Hood, TX, 31 March 2006. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit.

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