4.7 inch Mobile Field Gun M1906

© Photographed April 18, 2015
Erected by DeForest Veterans Memorial Foundation, Inc.
DeForest, Dane County, Wisconsin
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4.7 inch Mobile Field Gun M1906
The 4.7 inch Mobile Field Gun M1906 was the only field artillery piece designed and issued by the US Army Ordinance Department to see combat during World War I. Produced in 1906 wit h a hydro spring recoil system to absorb the backward force when fired, the gun was a substantial leap forward for the US Army. Its recoil system allowed it to place a rapid and accurate fire on the target. Using either shrapnel (a projectile filled with small round steel balls meant to explode above or on the target) or shell (a projectile that is mostly filled with explosives and explodes on contact with the target), its 4.7 inch (120 mm) shells could be fired up to 11,100 meters (7 miles) to destroy targets both in open ground and in entrenchments.

When the United States entered World War I, 60 of the guns had been produced and issued. Pressured to adopt French artillery systems to ensure that the US and its allies could share ammunition, the 4.7 inch Field Gun was redesigned to fire French 120 mm ammunition. This disrupted production and none of the re-chambered pieces were finished before the end of the war. Because of this, only approximately 200 of these field guns were ever produced.
This particular field gun is also unique because it was built in 1919 at the Northwest Ordnance plant in Madison, Wisconsin, which produced field guns for the US army during and shortly after WWI.
The memorial is located at DeForest Veterans Memorial Park located on northbound North Main Street / County Highway CV, just north of its intersection with Carriage Way, DeForest, Wisconsin 53532.

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The gun is located at DeForest Veterans Memorial Park.

The gun is located at Veterans Memorial Park in DeForest, Wisconsin.

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