Watervliet, Michigan: Rare WWI Made-in-the-USA Cannon

Proudly displayed on the lawn of the local VFW post, this American-manufactured artillery piece was the kind dragged over to France to pound the Hun in World War One.

8777 Red Arrow Highway, Watervliet, MI
VFW Post #6803 , I-94 Exit 41 north to Red Arrow Hwy, turn right - east of town.
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WW 1 gun.

Rare WWI Made-in-the-USA Cannon

A very interesting cannon and a wonderful opportunity for throwing in historical facts and tidbits for the kids.

[Perfect Pair, 07/06/2013]

US Army Model of 1906 4.7

Rare WWI Made-in-the-USA Cannon

US Army Model of 1906 4.7" Medium Field Gun, made in 1918. This is an excellent example of the only cannon used by our doughboys during WWI that was actually made here in the USA. All other artillery we used was of French manufacture. These bad boys saw action at St. Mihiel, Marbache and the Muese-Argonne Offensive. The gun portion was made by the Northwest Ordnance Co. while the carriage and rubber coated wooden wheels were produced by Studebaker. Upon arrival in France these guns were rechambered to 120mm to make the supply of ammuntion easier.

These are pretty rare as only 200 were produced. While needing a good camouflage paint job instead of the gray...at 94 years young this soldier deserves a visit.

[Russ B., 06/03/2012]

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