155mm Self-propelled Howitzer M44 at the American Armoured Foundation Tank Museum.

The general layout of the M44 can be seen here, with the barbette superstructure to the rear and drivetrain to the front. There are three cab-to-hull side clamps running down each side of the vehicle, and the external fire extinguisher activation handle is between the front two clamps on this side. The rear idler wheel and rear return roller are larger than the other road wheels and return rollers, respectively. The cylindrical telescope M93 can be seen on the howitzer mount's right side.

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155mm Self-propelled Howitzer M44 at the American Armoured Foundation Tank Museum.

The ring mount for the .50cal machine gun is on the vehicle's left side, and the driver's windscreen is mounted on the cab's front left side.

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155mm Self-propelled Howitzer M44 at the American Armoured Foundation Tank Museum.

The main engine mufflers were mounted on the vehicle's front fenders, and the muffler for the auxiliary engine was placed behind the right-hand main engine muffler.

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155mm Self-propelled Howitzer M44 at the American Armoured Foundation Tank Museum.

The rear door and recoil spade are lowered on this vehicle. The projectile and propellant charge stowage rack can be seen in the cab's left rear corner, and the loader's and driver's seats can be seen in front of the machine gun mount. Radio equipment is stowed on the floor along the cab's left side.

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155mm Self-propelled Howitzer M44 at the American Armoured Foundation Tank Museum.

The canvas covers on the vehicle's front slope are covering the engine air intake grilles, while the engine exhaust grilles close to the cab are uncovered. The howitzer travel lock is folded down, and various filler caps can also be seen on the front of the vehicle. The engine's air cleaners are mounted on the front corners of the cab, and their mushroom-like vent breathers can be seen on top of them. The fire extinguisher service door is on the front of the right-hand engine air cleaner box.

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Last updated 4 Mar 2008.
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