Original U.S. WWII WWII 75mm M5A1 Cartridge Case Trench Art - England, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany 1944
Original Item: One-of-a-kind. The 75mm cartridge case M5A1 was made for use with the 75mm Pack Howitzer M1 (redesignated the M116 in 1962). This U.S. WWII 75mm M5A1 Type I Empty Howitzer Brass shell casing is beautifully engraved designs and:
The top of the shell is flared indicating that it may have been intended to be a vase. It stands 10.5" tall and has a diameter of approximately 3".
The 75mm Pack Howitzer M1 (redesignated the M116 in 1962) was an artillery piece used by the United States. It was designed in the 1920s to meet a need for a howitzer that could be moved across difficult terrain. The gun and carriage were designed so that it could be broken down into several pieces to be carried by pack animals. The gun saw combat in World War II with the United States Army (primarily used by airborne units), with the United States Marine Corps, and was also supplied to foreign forces.
In addition to the pack / air portable configuration, the gun was mounted on a conventional carriage to serve as a field artillery piece. The M2 and M3 are derived vehicle-mounted howitzers used in the 75mm HMC M8 and some LVT models. In addition, the M1 in its original version was mated to a number of other self-propelled carriages, though only one of those – 75mm HMC T30 – reached mass production.
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