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"German 150-mm Self-Propelled Gun" from Tactical and Technical Trends

The following U.S. military report on a German 150-mm self-Propelled gun was originally published in Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 8, Sept. 24, 1942.

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Reports from the Middle East indicate that the Germans are using, in addition to the 75-mm assault gun (see issue Number 7, page 9), a 150-mm self-propelled gun on a Mark II chassis. Previous reports indicate that an earlier version of this self-propelled artillery consisted of the same gun on a Mark I chassis, but it seems probable that this mount was not satisfactory.

The gun itself is the regular 150-mm heavy infantry howitzer, firing an 80-lb shell a maximum range of 6,000 yards. The elevation and traverse for such a mounting are not known.

The armor of the Mark II chassis was formerly about 15-mm., but it is very possible that, plates of 15 to 20-mm have been used to reinforce the front. Details of the armor protection for the gun and its crew are not known. Maximum speed on roads is probably about 24 miles per hour.


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