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This 380mm artillery piece, the Anzio Express, captured near Monte Cassino. The Germans had two large railway guns which made the GI's miserable on Anzio, the Anzio Express and Anzio Annie (who was no lady). The Nazi's fled so quickly that they left their artillery, to be captured by the Allies.

Breechblock of the Anzio Express.


Two Photos From D. Smith:

While in the US Army in 1971, I took a couple of pics of the gun while stationed at Aberdeen Proving Grounds MD. I have attached pictures which may interest or be of use to you....one of the gun's projectiles on the deck of the rail gun near the breech. Note the rifling on the OUTSIDE of the round.
Incidentally, I was assigned to the 3rd Inf Div from 71-74. 3rd MP Co, 1st Plt, Schweinfurt. My e-mail address is from the radio call sign of the MP Station at the Div HQ in Wuerzburg, PaganOutlaw. Thanks again, D. Smith



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 The American 240 mm Big Gun.


The most common words heard around this big gun were, "Huh, What did you say?, Come Again, and Where's the cotton for my ears?" The photo on the bottom is a 155mm "Long Tom". The incredible range and accuracy of this gun made it popular, as it could punch through tanks and any buildings, even skyscrapers and Cancun hotels!


M10 tank destroyer carrying troops passing dead German Soldier in Mustig France.
Thanks to Lt. Col. Donald Horton USAFR (Ret.) 
and Daniel J. Egan for descriptions.

An M1 anti-tank 57mm gun peeks from a corner at Rimschweiler, Germany. Across the street a sentry watches from a window.
Photo courtesy of Denis Toomey www.dogfacesoldiers.org


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Gun crew setting up 30 caliber machine gun.
This water-cooled machine gun was widely used during the war.

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GI's using Flamethrowers to clear a field. As seen in John Wayne War Movies, the flamethrower was also extensively used against Pill Boxes and entrenched soldiers.

American Anti-Aircraft (Ack-Ack) Outfit-France




Major Weapons Systems-2004

Courtesy of the Fort Stewart website

M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank
The M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank is the 3rd Infantry Division's primary armor defeating weapon system. It is armed with a 120-millimeter main gun, two 7.62 mm machine guns, and a .50 caliber machine gun. The tank is equipped with thermal sights, a laser range finer and state of the art ballistic fire control systems, which make it an extremely accurate and lethal weapon. It weighs 67 tons.
M2A2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle
The M2A2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle is fielded in several variations. The 3rd Infantry Division is armed with the infantry fighting vehicle and the cavalry fighting vehicle (M3A2). In the Infantry configuration the Bradley is armed with a 25 mm cannon, a TOW (tube launched, optically tracked, wire guided) missile launcher and a 7.62mm machine gun. On the battlefield the Bradley provides digital command and control capabilities, significantly increased situational awareness, and enhanced lethality and survivability. This infantry version is also equipped with thermal sights and a laser range finder. It weighs 67,000 pounds (combat loaded). 
M109A6 (Paladin) Howitzer
The M109A6 (Paladin) Howitzer is a 155mm self propelled and provides primary indirect artillery support for the 3rd Infantry Division. The Paladin is an extremely accurate and mobile weapon system that can fire a number of different types of munitions designed to defeat the wide variety of targets found on the modern battlefield. If firing rocket assisted projectiles, its cannon can rage targets up to 30 kilometers from the gun's location. It weighs 32 tons (combat loaded).

M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS)
The MLRS is a free flight, area fire, artillery rocket system that supplements cannon artillery fire. Its primary mission to counter fire and suppression of enemy air defenses. The launcher carries 12 rockets and can volley fire them in any multiple configuration. The rockets have a range of 30 kilometers. The launcher weighs 26. 5 tons (combat loaded).
AH-64D Apache LongbowAH-64D Apache Longbow
The AH64D Apache Longbow is the 3rd Infantry Division's primary attack helicopter. Armed with Hellfire missiles, 2.75" rockets, and a 30mm chain gun, the Apache Longbow is a lethal, quick-reacting, airborne weapon system that can fight close and deep to destroy, disrupt or delay enemy forces. Equipped with a digitized target acquisition system and Pilot Night Vision Sensor, the Longbow is designed to fight and survive during the day, night and in adverse weather.
UH-60 Blackhawk
The UH-60 Blackhawk is used in air assault, air cavalry and aeromedical evacuation missions. It is the first utility/assault helicopter that adds to the Army's Division-level mobility; for example the Black Hawk can carry more than 2,600 pounds or 11 combat equipped troops faster and in most weather conditions and it can also be used to reposition a 105mm howitzer and crew of six with ammunition in a single lift.
It is the first utility/assault helicopter that adds to the Army's Division-level mobility; for example the Black Hawk can carry more than 2,600 pounds or 11 combat equipped troops faster and in most weather conditions and it can also be used to reposition a 105mm howitzer and crew of six with ammunition in a single lift. It's incredible range with the help of additional fuel tanks means it can take off from a Hawaii accommodation and cross the length of the islands without needing to refuel.


OH-58D Kiowa Warrior
The OH-58D Kiowa Warrior is an armed scout helicopter that performs reconnaissance, security, command and control, target acquisition/designation and defensive air combat missions. The OH-58D has a Mast-Mounted Sight that houses a Thermal-Imaging System, Low-Light Television, a laser Rangefinder/Designator and a navigation system that permits precise target location that can be handed off to other engagement systems. Armed with the Air-to-Air Stinger system, .50 caliber machine gun, 2.75" rockets and hellfire missiles the Kiowa Warrior also adds light attack and Multipurpose Light helicopter (MPLH) capabilities. 
The Avenger provides air defense to the 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized). The Avenger protects the force by countering attack by cruise missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles and low-flying, high speed, fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters with Stinger missiles or a .50 caliber machine gun. The Avenger is lighweight and mobile, mounted on a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV). It is operated by a two-man crew for air defense operations in day or night, clear or adverse weather conditions.
M998 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV)
The High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) is a light, highly mobile, diesel powered, four wheel drive tactical vehicle that uses a common 1-ton payload chassis. The HMMWV can be configured to fill a number of missions on the battlefield.
Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV)
The Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) are built on a common truck chassis. The Light medium Tactical Vehicle (LMTV) has a 2-ton payload. The Medium Tactical Vehicle (MTV) has a 5-ton payload. The FMTV performs line haul, local haul, unit mobility, unit resupply and other missions in combat, combat support and combat service support units.

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Prologue Troop Roster-1
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