Today in WW II: 11 Nov 1940 55 Polish intellectuals murdered in Dachau concentration camp [near Munich], the first of many mass executions there.  More 
11 Nov 1940 Operation SWORDFISH: Raid on Taranto, Italy, the British Royal Navy's first all-aircraft naval attack, launching obsolete canvas planes from an aircraft carrier [11-12 Nov].
11 Nov 1942 Triggered by Operation Torch in N. Africa, Germans take control of all of Vichy France north of the Riviera.
11 Nov 1942 Allies capture Casablanca, Morocco during Operation Torch.
11 Nov 1942 In the aftermath of Operation Torch, Germany and Vichy France begin negotiations on the fate of the French fleet at Touson.
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M-108 105mm Self-propelled Howitzer

The M-108 105mm Self-propelled Howitzer was developed in the mid-1950s and was fielded in 1962. By the time of the Vietnam War it was considered too light for effective infantry support and was being phased out in favor of its sister vehicle, the 155mm M-109 SP Howitzer. However, some field force artillery units in Vietnam were equipped with the M108 even though replacement by the 155mm M109 was already in progress.

The M108 was too heavy to be lifted by helicopter limiting its support of highly mobile light infantry forces in Vietnam. Still, the M108 was employed effectively as area support and in support of ground operations where terrain permitted.

The M-108 was replaced by the 155mm M-109 SP Howitzer, built with the same hull, chassis and turret. The M-108 could carry many more rounds of the smaller 105mm ammunition than the M-109 with its larger 155mm shells.

The M-108 was powered by a Detroit diesel turbocharged 8V-71T 8cyl 405 hp engine.

M-108 105mm Self-propelled Howitzer in Vietnam
M-108 105mm Self-propelled Howitzer in Vietnam.

M-108 105mm Self-propelled Howitzer at Armor Row,  Camp Mabry, TX, 30 January 2006. Photo:  Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit
M-108 105mm Self-propelled Howitzer at Armor Row, Camp Mabry, TX, 30 January 2006. Photo: Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit.

M-108 105mm Self-propelled Howitzer at Armor Row,  Camp Mabry, TX, 30 January 2006. Photo:  Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit
M-108 105mm Self-propelled Howitzer at Armor Row, Camp Mabry, TX, 30 January 2006. Photo: Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit.

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