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.