155 MM Howitzer - Manitou Springs, CO
Posted by: Outspoken1
N 38° 51.484 W 104° 54.702
13S E 507661 N 4301030
Quick Description: This 1918 155mm howitzer is found in Memorial Park.
Location: Colorado, United States
Date Posted: 10/3/2011 7:40:22 AM
Waymark Code: WMCQFB
"The United States adopted the Mle 1917 as the 155 mm Howitzer Carriage, Model of 1917 (Schneider). The Model 1918 built in the US differed somewhat from French models, with a straight rather than curved shield, rubber rather than steel tyres on wheels, a pivoting spade and a slightly different firing mechanism. US units were in action in France in 1918 with French-built guns. The first US regiment equipped with US-made guns was about to embark for France when World War I ended.
Both the M1917 and M1918 howitzers were upgraded with air brakes, new metal wheels and pneumatic tires during the interwar period and remained the standard American heavy howitzers until superseded by the M1 howitzer beginning in late 1942. They saw combat with both U.S. Army and Marine artillery units throughout World War II." (from (visit link
A service manual for the piece may be found at (visit link