1942 M2(A1) 105 mm Howitzer The workhorse of the field artillery for the U.S. Army in WWII

The M2 and M2A1 howitzers were the standard light field howitzer in the US Army in World War II and therefore the workhorse of the field artillery. The development was based on German World War I 105mm howitzers and it filled the need for a motor-drawn artillery to replace outdated guns and tactics. With a moderate range, soldiers appreciated its accuracy and powerful punch.

This specific example was produced in 1942 as an M2 but was converted in the field into an M2A1

with a larger shield and “buffer”. It also got the ‘1943 model’ enclosed screw traverse mechanism.

One out of every five shells fired by the U.S. Army during the war was 105mm high explosive round!
The howitzer was manned by a crew of eight and was normally towed by a 6 x 6 2½ ton truck but it was also towed by other vehicles. Even some DUKW’s were equipped with this model Howitzer.

It served in all major theaters of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War and was purchased by 67 different countries!


Model M2(A1) howitzer on M2 carriage
Weight: 2.500 kg
Crew: 8
Barrel Length: 7’7” (2.31 m)
Caliber: 4.1” (105 mm)
Rate of Fire: Up to 10 rounds per min.
Range: 12,300 yards (11,270 m)
Dimensions Length:                19’6”     (5.94 m)
Width:                  7’3”        (2.31 m)
Height:                 5’8”        (1.73 m)
Production Number Produced: 10,202

Buying this 1942 M2(A1) 105 mm Howitzer

Gun is currently deactivated including a certificate from the Dutch Royal Military Police Authorities.
For buying such a gun a specific permit / authorization / import licence might be required depending on the country of the end user. We are an licenced arms dealer and can ship worldwide.

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