8" Howitzer Motor Carriage M43 at American Legion Roger B. Chaffee Post 154, Wyoming, Michigan.

The shorter length of the 8" howitzer M1 or M2 is immediately apparent when it is compared with the 155mm gun M1A1 or M2 found on the 155mm GMC M40. (Picture courtesy Tank and AFV News.)

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8" Howitzer Motor Carriage M43 at American Legion Roger B. Chaffee Post 154, Wyoming, Michigan.

The drivers' cupolas are visible from this angle, along with the brush guards for the missing headlights and siren and the shield for the crew beside the howitzer mount. Outboard of and behind the driver's cupola on the hull roof is the guard that housed the external fire extinguisher handles. (Picture courtesy Tank and AFV News.)

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8" Howitzer Motor Carriage M43 at American Legion Roger B. Chaffee Post 154, Wyoming, Michigan.

A closer view of the hull front gives further details of the drivers' cupolas and the racks on the hull front intended to store extra track blocks. The cupolas were fixed, but the doors with the periscope mounts could be rotated. The top of the howitzer travel lock is missing from this machine, but if present we would see that it could be indented on both sides with different sized radii so that it could accomodate both the 8" howitzer and the 155mm gun simply by being reversed. (Picture courtesy Tank and AFV News.)

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8" Howitzer Motor Carriage M43 at American Legion Roger B. Chaffee Post 154, Wyoming, Michigan.

The rear platform is lowered, allowing us a look at the fighting compartment. Underfloor stowage can be seen as well as the howitzer's elevation arc and shielding for the crew near the howitzer tube. At the front corners of the fighting compartment are vertical ammunition racks that could stow either 155mm or 8" rounds. (Picture courtesy Tank and AFV News.)

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8" Howitzer Motor Carriage M43 at American Legion Roger B. Chaffee Post 154, Wyoming, Michigan.

A longer grated platform was able to be pulled out from under the solid platform to provide more working space for the howitzer crew. Details of the stabilization spade, including a pulley to assist in its retraction, can be discerned. (Picture courtesy Tank and AFV News.)

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8" Howitzer Motor Carriage M43 at American Legion Roger B. Chaffee Post 154, Wyoming, Michigan.

The reinforcing members of the spade and the rollers that run along the bottom of the crew's platform are highlighted in this image. (Picture courtesy Tank and AFV News.)

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8" Howitzer Motor Carriage M43.

This image is of a T89 pilot; note the location of the hand winch for raising and lowering the rear spade on the vehicle's right side. On production vehicles this was relocated to the left, as on the machine above. The grated loading platform is extended on this vehicle, and its W-shaped support bar is deployed. The traversing handwheel is visible on the left of the howitzer mount; the elevation handwheel is on the right, though harder to see since it is being seen end-on. (Picture from TM 9-747.)

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8" Howitzer Motor Carriage M43 in Korea.

The size of the vehicle and the working space provided by the folding platform can be seen in this image where the crew is present. (Picture taken 13 Aug 1952 by Kelemanik; available from the U.S. Army Center of Military History.)

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