240-MM. HOWITZER IN THE SAN VITTORE AREA / US Center for Military History

United States Signal Corps1943

National Women’s History Museum

National Women’s History Museum
Alexandria, VA, United States

On the Cassino front the Allied forces had by 22 February 1944 in addition to sixty 155-mm. Long Toms, twelve 240-mm. howitzers, which had a range slightly less than the Long Tom but a projectile more than three times as powerful. The 240-mm. howitzer and the 8-inch gun were the heaviest mobile U.S. artillery weapons.

The heavy howitzers were ideal for the main Fifth Army front, which was "howitzer country," because they could deliver a heavy weight of explosive on the reverse slopes of mountains. In operations in the high Apennines after the capture of Rome, Maj. Gen. Alfred M. Gruenther considered the 240-mm. howitzer the most generally satisfactory artillery weapon Fifth Army had.


Image on page 23 of Mayo, Lida. THE ORDNANCE DEPARTMENT: ON BEACHHEAD AND BATTLEFRONT. Washington, DC: CENTER OF MILITARY HISTORY UNITED STATES ARMY, 1968. Accessed March 21, 2018. https://history.army.mil/books/wwii/Beachhd_Btlefrnt/index.html#contents.


  • Title: 240-MM. HOWITZER IN THE SAN VITTORE AREA / US Center for Military History
  • Creator: United States Signal Corps
  • Date Created: 1943
  • Subject Keywords: World War II, US Army Ordnance, US Military Campaigns, US Army Equipment
  • Rights: US Government Work. Not subject to copyright.
  • External Link: US Center of Military Histry

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