Today in WW II: 14 Apr 1940 British North Western Expeditionary Force begins landing in Norway to oppose German invasion. More 
14 Apr 1942 Destroyer USS Roper [DD-147] sinks German U-boat U-85 in the Atlantic Ocean off North Carolina, the first such sinking of the war.
14 Apr 1943 US Navy Fleet Radio Unit Pacific intercepts message NTF131755 (decrypted by Project Magic) enabling mission 4 days later to shoot down Japanese Combined Fleet Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto.
14 Apr 1945 Gen. Truscott's US Fifth Army begins ground attack in the Po Valley of Northern Italy.
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T19 Howitzer Motor Carriage (HMC) with 105mm Howitzer

The T19 Howitzer Motor Carriage (HMC) was a mobile tank-destroyer based on the White M3 Halftrack with a mounted 105mm howitzer. The gun and its shield were mounted in the cargo space of the halftrack, positioned to fire forward over the drivers compartment. The windshield area and windshield cover were modified to enable the gun to project to the front.

A total of 324 of the T19 Howitzer Motor Carriage were reported manufactured by Diamond T in 1942. The T19 HMC was used until mid-1945 after which it was considered obsolete. Some of the T19s were converted to M3A1 Halftracks in mid-1945.

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T19 Howitzer Motor Carriage HMC with trailer
T19 Howitzer Motor Carriage with trailer.

A line-up of T19 Howitzer Motor Carriages at Hampton Roads, VA during World War II.
A line-up of T19 HMCs of the 9th Field Artillery at Newport News, VA, 20 October 1942 during World War II. These units were part of Task Force A, enroute to North Africa.

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