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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by dontoe, Feb 18, 2005.

  1. dontoe

    dontoe 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Brought back memories

    I spent 4 years in the Artillery. I was a 13E, Cannon Fire Direction Specialist. There is nothing quite like direct firing artillery. We had self-propelled 155mm howitzers when I was in Germany.

    The first time I took my then future (and still after 17 years) wife on post she made a comment about our "tanks". I gently corrected her. :grin:
     
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    (in my best Dick Vitale voice) YEAH BABIE !!!! :yikes:
     
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    The only thing better is MLRS!!
     
  5. dontoe

    dontoe 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Need a high speed photo of that, or video!
     
  6. Cricket

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    I sure as hell wouldn't want to be on the receiving end.
     
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    So, the correct name for these guys is "self propelled artillery", right? What's the difference, then, between this and an M1 Abrams or other "tank"? You guys have larger projectiles, less armor?

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    tanks are armored vehicles with a cannon in a movable turret. Self propelled artillery does not have a turret nor much armor. Tanks are made for direct fire (looking at what you are shooting) while artillery is made for indirect fire (parabolic path).
     
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    :doah: Never picked up on the no-turret thing for SPA. Only makes sense when you have a barrel that long and hafta be able to raise it halfway to the sky!

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    You can direct fire a 155 towed (M198) as well....Watch the round go all the way to the target and call the next correction before impact....


    Better make sure the spades are dug in good!!!!
     
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    I find it funny, too, how every tracked vehicle is thought to be a, "Tank."

    Being a Bradley/M113 crewmember, I've heard the same thing...even from other service members.

    I went to basic at Ft. Sill and one of the 1st things they did is take us to an artillery live fire.

    Some cool stuff over there on the Field Artillery side. :grin: :grin:
     
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    I, too, went to basic at Ft Sill, OK. I spent 16 weeks sharing a room and latrine with 50 of my close friends. :D

    I was then stationed at Ft Campbell (Air Assault!!) for two years. We had towed 105mm howitzers. For the first year I was a driver for a Gamma Goat and then we got Hummers.

    In Germany I drove an M577, which is basically an M113 with a higher back end in it so that you can stand up. It had our fire direction computer and radios in it.

    The 155mm guns that we had could also shoot NUKES!! I am glad that we never had to shoot one because the kill radius was greater than the range of the shell!
     
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    I could really use one of those for rush hour in NJ. :D :D :D
     
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    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    heh, these bad boys gets my vote. When my dad was a young'n and his dad was in the army, he gotta check one of 'em out...

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    and the krauts big'n...

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    What they used back in my day!!!



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    Bwahaha.

    So Dontoe are you the guy with the hammer or the poor elephant?

    In my case I'd be the elephant and the wife would be holding the sledge.
     

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