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US M12 GMC 155mm Self-Propelled Artillery - Unidentified Unit, France, 1944 (1:72 Scale)
US M12 GMC 155mm Self-Propelled Artillery - Unidentified Unit, France, 1944

Solido US M12 GMC 155mm Self-Propelled Artillery - Unidentified Unit, France, 1944




 
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Solido SOL7200509 US M12 GMC 155mm Self-Propelled Artillery - Unidentified Unit, France, 1944 (1:72 Scale) "The only way you can win a war is to attack and keep on attacking, and after you have done that, keep attacking some more."
- General George S. Patton Jr., January 1945

The M12 GMC was one of the first self-propelled weapons of WWII in the US arsenal. Essentially, the M12 mounted a WWI-era 155mm gun on an M3 tank chassis. The engine was moved forward to provide a working space at the rear of the hull. It was in this space that a WWI Model M1917 or M1918 155mm gun was mounted. The rear of the hull carried a heavy spade which was lowered to the ground before firing to absorb recoil. About 100 M12s were built and put into storage. In 1943, with the invasion of Europe being planned, 74 were refurbished and immediately put into service. It proved to be a powerful and effective weapon providing support to fast moving armored columns that were outrunning traditional fixed artillery positions. It could demolish German tanks and was greatly feared by the enemy, occassionally used in a direct fire support role. When the 155mm rounds were fitted with concrete piercing fuses, they could penetrate up to 6 feet of concrete before exploding. The Artillery Board asked for more M12s for frontline service but this proved impossible since the supply of WWI-era 155mm guns had been completely exhausted.

Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a US M12 GMC 155mm self-propelled artillery in a flocked winter camouflage scheme. Now in stock!

Dimensions:
Length: 4-inches
Width: 2-inches

Release Date: July 2018

Historical Account: "Doorknockers" - During 1943, the M12 GMC 155mm self-propelled artillery were used for training or put into storage. Before the invasion of France, however, 74 M12s were overhauled in preparation for combat operations. They were employed successfully throughout the campaign in North-West Europe. Although designed primarily for indirect fire, during assaults on heavy fortifications, the M12s were sometimes employed in a direct-fire role, such as in the Allied assault on the Siegfried Line, where the M12 earned its nickname "Doorknocker" thanks to the 155mm cannon's ability to pierce seven feet of concrete at ranges up to 2,000 yards (1,830 meters) (ironically the same epithet was given to the 37mm guns on the early Panzer III tank due to its inability to penetrate modern armored vehicles). The vehicle was also dubbed "King Kong" by American operators due to the raw power of its gun.

In 1945, the M12 was complemented in Europe by the M40 Gun Motor Carriage, designed on a late-war M4A3 Sherman chassis. Postwar, the M12 was retired from service and replaced by the M40.

Features
  • Diecast metal and plastic construction
  • Static tracks
  • Elevating gun
  • Accurate markings and insignia
  • Comes with etched display base and acrylic cover

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5 of 5 M12 GMC July 31, 2018
Reviewer: Thomas Martin from Marlborough, MA United States  
Nice Clean Model ..Great Paint and Markings...Good Price and Value for Your Money

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