War Master WMTK018 US M109 Self-Propelled Howitzer - 1st Infantry Division (Mechanized), Kosovo Force (KFOR), Kosovo, 2000 (1:72 Scale)
"We will carry out a campaign characterized by shock, by surprise, by flexibility ... and by the application of overwhelming force."
- CENTCOM commander General Tommy Franks commenting on the conduct of Operation: Iraqi Freedom, March 21st, 2003
The M109 is an American self-propelled 155mm howitzer, first introduced in the early 1960s. Continually upgraded and improved, to today's current version the M109A6 "Paladin", it is still the primary indirect-fire support weapon of maneuver brigades of armored and mechanized infantry divisions of the US Army, Israel Defense Forces, the Italian Army, and many other militaries, including the Norwegian, Swiss, Danish, Pakistani, Dutch and Austrian armies.
A number of European armies are currently replacing the M109 with the PzH2000 which significantly outperforms it in most aspects. Significant upgrades have been introduced by the US (PALADIN) and Switzerland (KAWEST). With the cancellation of the CRUSADER-Project in the US, the Paladin will remain the principal self-propelled howitzer for years to come.
The crew of the M109 consists of a section chief, driver, gunner, three cannoneers who load and fire the weapon and two gunners who handle the Ammunition. The M109A6 Paladin needs only one cannoneer and two ammunition handlers for a total crew of six.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a US M109 Self-Propelled Howitzer that was attached to 1st Infantry Division (Mechanized), then a part of KFOR, deployed to Kosovo, during 2000. Sold Out!
Length: 5-1/4 inches
Width: 1-3/4 inches
Release Date: September 2012
Historical Account: "Beyond the Borders" - 2nd (Dagger) Brigade Combat Team deployed to Bosnia as part of IFOR (and subsequent SFOR) from October 1996 to April 1997. 2nd Brigade was replaced by element from 3rd Brigade and the division's aviation brigade. Units from the 1st (Devil) Brigade Combat Team also deployed to Bosnia as part of SFOR6 ("Operation Joint Forge") from August 1999 to April 2000.
Elements of the division, to include personnel and units from the 2nd, 3rd and aviation brigades, served in Kosovo. During the Kosovo War three soldiers were captured by Serbian forces but were later released after peace talks.
Units of the 1st Infantry Division served in Kosovo as part of the NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR) 1A and KFOR 1B from June 1999 to June 2000, then again for KFOR 4A and 4B from May 2002 to July 2003.