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THE GULF WAR: The Battle Front : HOWITZER M198/155mm

Marine Corps 155 mm howitzers, which carry projectiles that weigh about 95 pounds and can penetrate 3 inches of armor, saw their first action of the Persian Gulf War on Monday.

The six-minute salvo of 71 shells was unleashed at an Iraqi artillery unit inside Kuwait that had been shelling the Marines. Field weapons such as the 155mm Howitzer M198 support advancing tanks and ground troops.

GUN STATISTICS Caliber: 155 millimeter Barrel length: 20 feet Rate of fire: 4 rounds a minute Maximum range: 20 miles Crew: 11 Towed by: 5-ton truck


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