technical manual images are a good resource for diorama builders
who want to go all out in dressing up their artillery scene. Many
thanks to Kurt Laughlin for providing this information to me. Click
on each image to open a larger version in a new window.
the AFV Club 155mm
and 203mm Howitzer Round and Storage Cases, as well as Verlinden's
155mm ammo set and fiberboard tubes from Tiger Model Designs. Unfortunately,
the AFV Club set's decal sheet has post-WWII markings. Based on
these TM illustrations, I was able to get a private party to produce
some accurate decals for both HE and smoke rounds and the two sizes
of stowage cases in both metal and fiberboard.
HE (high explosive) shell was the most frequently used by
lifting ring was unscrewed and replaced with the fuze.
is a rope grommet seen on the left end of the shell, presumably
to keep the shells from clanging together during shipment.
This was removed prior to loading. Later during the war a
rubber grommet replaced the rope type.
bottom shell is shown with the fuze in place.
were typically shipped in either crates or pallets. At 95 lbs.
per shell, loading and unloading these would be quite a chore.
Cranes were obviously used with the pallets when moving them
from ship to vehicles. At the ammo dump they were likely broken
down and loaded separately into trucks. A 2 1/2 ton truck would
carry up to 55 shells to the front. It would be a very rare
instance if the pallets actually went to the front as well.
is the fuze crate for the M51A3 seen above. There were 25 fuzes
to a crate.
were several sizes of cloth charge bags. They could be untied
and the smaller bags removed to reduce the firing distance of
plate shows the color markings used to differentiate shells.
The two metal canisters at lower right were used for propellant
charges for the 155.
taller can is the M14, which measured 37.75" long by
6.38" in diameter. It held two M3 charges.
shorter can is the M13, which measured 27.75" long by
7.38" diameter. This held one M4A1 charge.
is a nice detail image of the M13 canister and the markings
printing on it.
charges in fiberboard tubes were shipped in boxes, crates, or
bundles with cloverleaf caps secured together by a metal rod.
were crated in this manner for shipment.
is the TM's packing data for projectiles and charges.