Today in WW II: 21 Jan 1942 Rommel's second offensive drives the British 8th Army back almost 300 miles, halting on 4 Feb between Gazala and Bir Hacheim, 30 miles west of Tobruk, Libya.
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 with trailer.
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.