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M41 Howitzer Motor Carriage


Self-Propelled Artillery (SPA) Vehicle


United States | 1945



"The M41 Howitzer Motor Carriage was based on the lengthened chassis of the M24 Chaffee Light Tank and served in the Korean War."



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With the arrival of the M24 "Chaffee" Light Tank during World War 2, and work into several successful conversions of existing tanks as Self-Propelled Artillery (SPA), the United States Army ordered the new M41 Howitzer Motor Carriage in number before the close of the war in 1945. The vehicle mated the 155mm M1 howitzer to the chassis and hull of the M24, producing a reliable support vehicle. A revised hull superstructure and lengthened chassis were required and the engine relocated to the center of the hull. The crew of five included a driver in the hull with the gunnery crew operating in the open-air weapon section. However, conversion of an existing line of light tanks served well to expedite delivery and simplify logistics in the marches to Berlin and Tokyo. Power was served through a 2 x Cadillac 44T24 8-cylinder engine of 110 horsepower each (as in the M24) and its origin in the M24 could clearly be seen in the track-and-wheel arrangement.

However, with the close of the war a massive military drawdown occurred which ended the life of many in-development products and curtailed procurement of others. The 250-strong U.S. army ordered resulted in about 85 machines being delivered (some sources state 60 while others show 95). Production was handled by the agricultural equipment builder Massey Harris. The M41 disappeared quickly thereafter.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one land system design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the M41 Howitzer Motor Carriage Self-Propelled Artillery (SPA) Vehicle.
2 x Cadillac 44T24 V-8 engines developing 110 horsepower at 1,200rpm.
Installed Power
30 mph
48 kph
Road Speed
96 miles
154 km
Range
Structure
The physical qualities of the M41 Howitzer Motor Carriage Self-Propelled Artillery (SPA) Vehicle.
5
(MANNED)
Crew
19.2 ft
5.84 meters
O/A Length
9.4 ft
2.85 meters
O/A Width
8.0 ft
2.44 meters
O/A Height
42,494 lb
19,275 kg | 21.2 tons
Weight
Armament & Ammunition
Available supported armament, ammunition, and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the M41 Howitzer Motor Carriage Self-Propelled Artillery (SPA) Vehicle.
1 x 155mm Howitzer main gun.
AMMUNITION:
Dependent on ammunition carrier.
SPECIAL EQUIPMENT:
Nightvision - NONE.
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Protection (CBRN) - NONE.
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the M41 Howitzer Motor Carriage family line.
M41 Howitzer Motor Carriage
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the M41 Howitzer Motor Carriage. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national land systems listing.

Total Production: 85 Units

Contractor(s): Massey Harris - USA
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Design Qualities
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FIRE SUPPORT / ASSAULT / BREACHING
Recognition
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