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#1 36thID

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Posted 26 December 2008 - 03:14 PM

My uncle was KIA while serving with the 36th ID, 141st Regiment, Cannon Co.

I'm lacking a practical knowledge of military tactics and I'd like to know how the Cannon Companies were utilized in battle. I've read that they supported the front line riflemen but how did that work in the mountains of Italy ? Also, were they directed by Regimental Artillery or Headquarters Company ?

I have many photos of him and his fellow soldiers around their halftrack, with what I think is a 75 cannon. Photo was from the Louisiana Manuvers, Ft. Benning or Ft. Blanding.

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Posted 26 December 2008 - 06:43 PM

The cannon company provided indirect fire under the direction of the Regiment instead of the Division or higher. In essense, they were regimental artillery, excluding 81 & 60mm mortars that were carried lower in the Org chart.

Each regiment (3) of an infantry divison had a cannon company that fired 6 short barreled 105mm towed howitzers and the commander of the regiment could use these weapons at his discrection instead of having to go through Division to call in Divisional fire missions or higher up to get fire from Corps-level artillery.

Before and early in the war, 75mm guns were used instead of the 105mm.

These weapons were obviously closer to the sharp end of the sword than divisional or corp artillery and it wasn't uncommon for these men to find themselves fighting as infantry.

Edited by SlipdigitBK, 26 December 2008 - 06:52 PM.

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