6 inch Field Howitzer Model of 1908

6 inch Field Howitzer Model of 1908 (HM9G1)

Location: Greenville, SC 29601 Greenville County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 51.367', W 82° 23.65'

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This type of gun was used by the United States for training purposes in World War I (1917-1918). Our French allies had requested that all pre-1917 American guns by relegated to training purposes only. Our allies supplied all of our artillery needs overseas. This allowed us to get more men on ships being sent across the Atlantic Ocean to aid our British and French allies. The howitzer was designed to shell enemy trenches from great distances. The 6 inch Field Howitzer was one of the largest tactical guns used by the United States. It fired several types of ammunition including High Explosive (HE), Shrapnel, and Gas shells. Guns such as this were produced by the Watervliet Arsenal in Troy, New York. Howitzers were used in World War I to continuously shell enemy trenches during the day and throughout the night. This was done to rattle the nerves of the enemy and keep them from getting any rest. The shelling also was done to destroy enemy trenches and collapse dugouts. An offensive attack usually followed this type of barrage. This type of howitzer was still used by the American Army at the beginning of World War II.
HM NumberHM9G1
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Date Added Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 5:56am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 372553 N 3857973
Decimal Degrees34.85611667, -82.39416667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 51.367', W 82° 23.65'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 51' 22.02" N, 82° 23' 39.00" W
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Area Code(s)803, 864
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 501-599 N Academy St, Greenville SC 29601, US
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