75mm Pack Howitzer

This is the 75mm pack howitzer of WWII vintage. When faced with having to wade under heavy fire across a coral reef on Tarawa, the cannoneers of the 10th Marines broke down their pack howitzers in the landing craft and hand carried the guns and ammunition into the fray and reassembled them on the beach in order to provide the infantry the fire support they needed to hold on.

According to David's dad who was with the 11th Marines on Guadalcanal, the Marines could fire these weapons so fast that the Japanese troops thought that they were using "machine gun cannons".

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About David Althaus (Whiskey6)

CO and XO, Whiskey Battery, 1st Battalion, 11th Marines (107mm Mortars) in Vietnam FireDirection Officer, 1st Battalion, 11th Marines Advisor/FO for 21st ARVN Ranger Battalion, Vietnam CO, L Battery, 4th Battalion, 10th Marines (M109-A1's) Former adrenaline junkie...now a Certified Public Ac...