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Big Oli, 155 mm Long Tom - Veterans Memorial State Park - Cordele, GA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Lat34North
N 31° 57.550 W 083° 54.704
17R E 224796 N 3539613
Quick Description: Located in front of Big Oli on Cannon Rd near the visitors center in the Veterans Memorial Park, US 280 west of Cordele, GA. Fee area - day use $3.00
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 5/21/2010 1:36:58 PM
Waymark Code: WM8WG3
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member tiki-4
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Long Description:

Big Oli, 155 mm Long Tom

During the 1920s work began on an improved artillery gun, to have greater elevation and more power. After several setbacks a design eventually came together and was standardized in 1938 is the 155 mm gun M1 on carriage M1. The carriage was a split tail model with an eight wheeled undercarriage supporting the main weight and a two wheeled limber to take the tail ends for movement. The M1 carriage was also used for the 8 inch howitzer.

The 155 mm gun M1 was a superior field artillery weapon noted for its excellent long-range accuracy. It was the only US Army towed artillery weapon with a commonly used the name – “The Long Tom.”

The M1 first saw action in North Africa in 1942 - 1943 and rendered him and outstanding service anyplace the Army fought in World War II. The Long Toms, along with you 155 mm and 8 inch howitzers were the backbone of the US heavy artillery.

The long Tom became the standard heavy gun for the U.S. Army and was adopted by the British Army during the war. The gun remained in service with both nations until the 1950 and numbers were still in service throughout the world until the late 1970s. Basic design features of the 155 mm gun M1 and the 8 inch howitzer were used in US Army artillery weapons design in service 50 years later.

Plaque on the side of the piece reads: Rock Island Arsenal, 1943

For more information - Wikipedia 155 mm Long Tom
Veterans Memorial State Park

Type of Marker: Park

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