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M7 Priest 105mm Howitzer Motor Carriage from Osprey Publications

M7 Priest 105mm Howitzer Motor Carriage


Author: Steven J. Zaloga
Illustrator: Richard Chasemore

This 48 page paperback book is number 201 in the New Vanguard series of books available from Osprey Publishing.

Based upon the ubiquitous Grant/Sherman tank, the M7 Priest is the iconic Allied self-propelled howitzer. It was the most widely manufactured vehicle of its type in World War ll and was utilized by the US, British, Canadian and Free French forces. Its combat debut was with Montgomery’s Eight Army at El Alamein and it fought subsequently in every major campaign through Sicily, Italy, Normandy and the final battles in Germany. In addition to covering all variants of the Priest, this book also looks at the major derivatives, including the British/Canadian Sexton and the US M12 155mm GMC.

The contents of the book are;

  • Origins
    • Tactical Requirement
  • Development and Operation
    • T19 105mm HMC
    • T32 105mm HMC
    • M7 105mm HMC evolution
    • Operation of the M7 105mm HMC
    • M7 105mm HMC Unit Organization
    • Feed the M7 Ammunition Trailers
  • Combat Use
    • M7 105mm HMC, North African and Mediterranean Theaters
    • M7 105mm HMC in ETO 1944-45
    • Unfrocked Priests
    • M7 105mm HMC in the Pacific
    • Clerical Cousin: Sexton 25 pounder SP
    • The Australian Connection: Yeramba
    • Replacing the Priest
  • Further Reading
  • Index

As with many of Mr. Zaloga’s books, he packs a lot of information into as few pages as possible. However, for the modeler or gamer, he provides the necessary information to get them moving on their project without wasting any time. Combine all the technical information with the excellent photographs, color drawings and cutaway drawings and you have a reference book that will be a nice addition to anyone’s library.

This book is available from Osprey Publications.

This book is available in three different formats and they are;

Paperback Book


ePub eBook


PDF eBook


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