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105mm Howitzer!
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Published on Nov 2, 2018
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We tagged along with the Brownells crew to the Texas Hill Country to visit Ox Ranch and Drivetanks.com and fire a WW2 era M2A1 Howitzer! These towed artillery pieces were the workhorse big guns of WW2 and several later conflicts. Capable of firing a variety of different shells for various mission requirements, they are extremely versatile, reliable and effective guns. Stay tuned, much more on the way.

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105mm M101 Howitzer Gun Crew On Iwo Jima: "Glamour Gal" 1945 US Marine Corps (M2A1)
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Published on Nov 3, 2018
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Story of a 105mm artillery crew at Iwo Jima, (G Battery) from the 5th Marine Division and their 105mm howitzer (named Glamour Gal), from the time the unit leaves Camp Pendleton, California.

Originally a public domain film from the US National Archives, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and one-pass brightness-contrast-color correction & mild video noise reduction applied.
The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise reduction, clipping reduction, and/or equalization (the resulting sound, though not perfect, is far less noisy than the original).

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Glamour Gal is a 1945 propaganda film documentary film about the eponymous large artillery gun and the ten Marines who work her, "a team of eleven"...

The film follows Glamour Gal and her escorts from the time she ships off through her service on Iwo Jima... the monotony is broken once the captain announces that they are approaching their destination, Iwo Jima, described as "some rock in between the devil and the Dutch East Indies".

The rest of the film is devoted to authentic color footage of the battle of Iwo Jima... The film ends on a somber note, informing the audience of the servicemen who will never leave Iwo Jima.

This was the second film the U.S. military produced about Iwo Jima, the first being To the Shores of Iwo Jima, which featured the famous flag-raising sequence.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_o...

The Battle of Iwo Jima (19 February -- 26 March 1945), or Operation Detachment, was a major battle in which the United States fought for and captured the island of Iwo Jima from the Empire of Japan. The U.S. invasion, charged with the mission of capturing the three airfields on Iwo Jima, resulted in some of the fiercest fighting in the Pacific Campaign of World War II.

The Imperial Japanese Army positions on the island were heavily fortified, with a vast network of bunkers, hidden artillery, and 18 km (11 mi) of underground tunnels. The Americans were covered by extensive naval and air support, capable of delivering an enormous amount of firepower onto the Japanese positions. The battle was the first American attack on the Japanese Home Islands, and the Imperial soldiers defended their positions tenaciously. Iwo Jima was also the only U.S. Marine battle where the American overall casualties exceeded the Japanese, although Japanese combat deaths numbered 3 times that of Americans. Of the 22,000 Japanese soldiers present at the beginning of the battle, only 216 were taken prisoner. The rest were killed or missing and assumed dead. Despite heavy fighting and casualties on both sides, Japanese defeat was assured from the start. The Americans possessed an overwhelming superiority in arms and numbers; this, coupled with the impossibility of Japanese retreat or reinforcement, ensured that there was no plausible scenario in which the U.S. could have lost the battle.

The battle was immortalized by Joe Rosenthal's photograph of the raising of the U.S. flag on top of the 166 m (545 ft) Mount Suribachi...

Major General Harry Schmidt requested a ten day shelling of the island before the land invasion, but was given only three...

Although the island was declared secure at 18:00 on 16 March 25 days after the landings, the 5th Marine Division still faced Kuribayashi's stronghold in a gorge 640 m (700 yd) long at the northwestern end of the island...

A weapon heavily used in the Pacific was the United States M2A1 flamethrower...

Of the 22,060 Japanese soldiers entrenched on the island, 21,844 died either from fighting or by ritual suicide. Only 216 were captured during the battle. According to the official Navy Department Library website, "The 36-day (Iwo Jima) assault resulted in more than 26,000 American casualties, including 6,800 dead." To put that into context, the 82-day Battle for Okinawa lasted from early April until mid-June 1945 and U.S. (5 Army and 2 Marine Corps Divisions) casualties were over 62,000 of whom over 12,000 were killed or missing ; while the Battle of the Bulge lasted 40 days (16 December 44 -- 25 January 45) with almost 90,000 U.S. casualties; 19,000 killed, 47,500 wounded, and 23,000 captured or missing.

Iwo Jima was also the only U.S. Marine battle where the American casualties exceeded the Japanese, although Japanese combat deaths numbered three times as many American deaths... USS Bismarck Sea had also been lost, as the last U.S. aircraft carrier sunk in World War II...

After Iwo Jima, it was estimated there were no more than 300 Japanese left alive in the island's warren of caves and tunnels. In fact, there were close to 3,000...
 

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Cool thread.

What does this tube do?

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M119 howitzer still plays critical role for Army
https://www.army.mil/article/155135/M119_howitzer_still_plays_critical_role_for_Army/

From the article:

RECOIL SYSTEM COMPONENTS

The M119 howitzer's recoil system consists of a recoil brake (a damping system) and a hydropneumatic recuperator (a gas spring system). A recoil system's main function is to absorb and control the rearward movement of the cannon and return it to its original firing position, thus avoiding violent shock to, or movement of, the carriage.

The buffer, the damping aspect of the system, absorbs the reaction forces of the firing howitzer and brings it to a controlled rest within a determined length along the sleigh, the part of the carriage that provides immediate support for the howitzer tube and houses the recoil system. The recuperator, precharged with gas, uses the rearward movement of the cannon to increase its gas pressure, creating the energy to return the cannon to its original firing position.

The redesigned system modifies and simplifies some of the components, but operates on the same fundamentals as the legacy system. The new design modifies the buffer by splitting the front head of the legacy buffer into two pieces, compensating for potential misalignment within the system and internal recoil length. The redesigned recuperator is a modified version of the legacy version with a majority of the components removed.

This is possible because of the Suspension Lockout System, or SLOS, and fixing the recoil length at 25 inches. The SLOS is an easily installable, field-deployable device used to stabilize the M119 during high-angle firing. It removes the problematic variable-recoil hardware, and works in conjunction with the fixed recoil system to reduce accelerations and stresses on the carriage and lower buffer rod forces.

In the legacy recoil system, recoil length varied from 14.5 inches to 42 inches depending on the elevation of the gun. The combination provides more stability by reducing platform displacement, resulting in more responsive fires and making it safer for the Soldier to operate.
 

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US Army Artillery Fire Very Powerful M119A3 Lightweight Howitzer | GoPro footage With Slow Motion
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Published on Mar 7, 2018
In this US army artillery firing exercise footage, u.s. army artillery soldiers receiving a fire mission, prepping, loading and firing three very powerful 105mm High Explosive (HE) rounds from the M119A3 Lightweight Howitzer.

GoPro footage with slow motion of the above mentioned participating in Exercise Dynamic Frontm2018, Grafenwoehr Training Area (GTA), Grafenwoehr, Germany.

Video by Staff Sgt. Alexander C Henninger

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