This is a very rare and impressive piece of history, deactivated main gun, weight 14 tons, towed by High Speed tractor or 7 ton truck, Price on application, this historic artillery is properly deactivated.
Original WW2 155mm Long Tom
About 155mm "Long Tom"
The 155mm "Long Tom" was the backbone of US Artillery during WWII. It could fire a 95lb shell a distance of up to 15 miles and was very accurate. Additionally, it could fire at a rate of 40 rounds per hour. The gun could fire high-explosive, armour-piercing, chemical, smoke, and illuminating shells. It was usually mounted on a 10 tired carriage for easy transport. It was also found in self-propelled mounts.
The 155 mm "Long Tom" cannon (later M-59) was a valuable tool in the inventory of the US Army Field Artillery. The "Long Toms" , along with the 105 mm and 155 mm. Howitzers were especially handy for surpressing counter-battery fire from German 88's, and were devasting to German and Japanese massed infantry attacks. Both the US Army and the United States Marine Corps in the Pacific had "Long Tom" artillery.
The 155mm Gun M1 and M2 (later M59), widely known as Long Tom, were 155 millimeter caliber field guns used as a heavy field weapon and is also classed as secondary armament for seacoast defense by the United States armed forces during World War II and Korean War. The Long Tom replaced the Canon de 155mm GPF in United States service. The gun could fire a 45.36 kg (100 lb) shell to a maximum range of 22.014 km (13.7 mi), with an estimated accuracy life of 1,500 rounds.
Before entering World War I, the United States was poorly equipped with heavy artillery. To address this problem a number of foreign heavy artillery guns were adopted, including the Canon de 155 mm GPF. After the end of the war development work began in the United States on a design to improve upon the existing models of heavy gun and carriage. A number of prototypes were produced in the 1920s and 1930s, but the projects were put on hold due to lack of funds. In 1938 the 155 mm Gun T4 on Carriage T2 was finally adopted as 155 mm gun M1 on Carriage M1.
The Long Tom saw combat for the first time in North African Campaign on December 24, 1942, with "A" Battery of the 36th Field Artillery Battalion. Eventually it equipped about 49 battalions, including 40 in the European Theater and 7 in the Pacific. The preferable prime mover was initially the Mack NO 6x6 7½ ton truck; from 1943 on it was replaced by the tracked M4 High Speed Tractor.
Battle of Okinawa.. 155MM GUNS (Long Tom) of the 420th Field Artillery Group are set up on Keise Shima to shell the enemy's main defenses prior to the Tenth Army assault landing.
A small number of Long Tom guns were authorized for supply via lend lease channels, to the United Kingdom (184) and France (25).However, the authorized establishment of British batteries (excluding training units), including four batteries from the Dominion of Newfoundland, totalled 88 guns.
- WeightTravel: 13,880 kg (30,600 lb)
- Barrel length: 6.97 m (22 ft 10 in) L/45
- Crew: 14
- Caliber: 155 mm (6.10 in)
- Breech: Asbury breech
- Carriage: M1 Carriage
- Elevation: −2°/+65°
- Traverse: 60°
- Rate of fire: 40 rounds per hour
- Muzzle velocity: 853 m/s (2,799 ft/s)
- Maximum firing range: 23.7 km (14.7 mi)
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