105mm Self-propelled Howitzer M52A1 at the Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor.

This M52A1 is based on the M41 tank, but with the drivetrain reversed. The sprocket was mounted to the front, and a large trailing idler was added. The driver's hatch is visible on the turret left front corner, and a ventilating blower duct is directly behind it. Directly below the driver's hatch is his door, and the locking handle is present near the bottom of the driver's door. The hinges under the stowage racks on the rear of the turret are for a disposal door. Spare T91E3 track blocks are stored on the front of the turret.

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105mm Self-propelled Howitzer M52A1 at the Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor.

The front view of the vehicle shows the engine air intake grilles located in the front hull. The filler cover on the sloping front plate was for transmission oil, while engine oil was added through the filler located above and to the left. The engine mufflers are on the front fenders, and the light groups are composed of a service headlight and a small blackout marker light on each side, and a blackout driving light on the vehicle's left. The outboard guard on the right side of the turret roof was for the gunner's periscope M13, and the larger inboard guard protected his panoramic telescope M100.

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105mm Self-propelled Howitzer M52A1 at the Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor.

This rear view shows the turret and hull doors. A towing pintle is located at the center of the bottom hull. The commander's cupola and its .50cal machine gun mount is visible on the right side of the turret roof, and an antenna mast base is near the center of the turret roof rear.

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105mm Self-propelled Howitzer M52.

Details of the gunner's telescope mount are shown in this image. (Picture from FM 6-77 105-mm Howitzer M52 Self-propelled.)

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105mm Self-propelled Howitzer M52.

The crew positions are shown here mounted for travel (on the left) and ready for action (on the right). CS is the chief of section, G is the gunner, D is the driver, 1 is the assistant gunner, and 2-5 are cannoneers. (Picture from FM 6-77 105-mm Howitzer M52 Self-propelled.)

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