M-101 (M2A1) 105mm US howitzer WWII
1/72 military vehicle scale plastic model kit
ACE models 72235
Manufacturer: ACE Models (Ukraine)
Paint: Unpainted, Unassembled, Kit do not contain paints and glue.
Condition: New in Box
The 105 mm Howitzer M2A1(M101) was the standard light field howitzer for the United States in World War II, seeing action in both European and Pacific theatres. Entering production in 1941, it quickly entered the war against the Japanese Imperial Army in the Pacific, where it gained a reputation for its accuracy and powerful punch. The M101 fired 105 mm H.E. semi-fixed ammunition and had a range of 11,200 m, making it suitable for supporting infantry. All these important qualities of the weapon, along with its widespread production, led to its adoption by many countries after the war. Its ammunition type also became the standard for many foreign countries' later models. After minor changes in the post war era, the howitzer became known as M101A1. It continued to see service in the Korean War, and Vietnam War. Though a similar model, the M102 howitzer, shared the same roles in battle, it never fully replaced the M101. Today the 101A1 has been retired by the U.S. military, though it continues to see service with many other countries.
The Canadian Forces continued to use the M2A1 as the C1 Howitzer until 1997 when a modification was made to extend its service life. It is now designated the C3. Its improvements include a longer barrel, a muzzle brake, reinforced trails and the removal of shield flaps. It remains the standard light howitzer of Canadian reserve force units.
France and the State of Vietnam used it during the First Indochina War.
A number of M2/M101 howitzers were used by Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and approximately 50 were inherited by Croatia. Yugoslavia manufactured the M101 as the M56, and 100 of these were inherited by Croatia.
M2 Howitzers are still in service in the Australian Army Reserve, albeit in small numbers. They are gradually being replaced by L118 Light Gun and M198 Howitzers.
This artillery piece was used by 67 countries.
|M101/M101A1 105 mm Howitzer
Marines from 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division fire an M101 105 mm Howitzer during the playing of taps at the Iwo Jima 60th Anniversary Commemorative on 26 March 2005
|Place of origin
||United States of America
Japan - Japan Ground Self-Defense Force
New Zealand (20)
State of Vietnam
Republic of China - Republic of China Marine Corps
||World War II
First Indochina War
Insurgency in the Philippines
||Rock Island Arsenal
||2,260 kg (4 980 lb)
||5.94 m (19.5 ft)
||22 calibre: 2.31 m (7.58 ft)
||2.21 m (7.25 ft)
||1.73 m (5.66 ft)
||105 mm (4.13 in)
||hydropneumatic, constant, 42 in
||-5° to +66°
||472 m/s (1,548 ft/s)
||11,270 m (6.9 mi)