Re: Voegel turntable
There is some conflict of sources then, because other sources state
that the Kelley Mount,as the Mount 155mm Firing Platform, T6E1, and
later adopted as 155mm Gun Platform, M1, as it was popularly called,
did reach both Army units and Marine Defense Battalions in the
Pacific by late in the war(although photos of Marine 155mm guns I
have seen don't show it in use). The unit cost for it in WWII was
For members who aren't familar with the mount, there is a nice photo
of a 155mm M1 on one at:
--- In railwaygun@..., "Gordon Angus Mackinlay"
Lee wrote : "The moble Panama mount never did see much use, itsuse was
mostly inWorld War II.
Marine Corps Historical Reference Pamphlet, Historical Division,HQ USMC,
Washington DC, 1972. SC, photos, 105p. (reprinted on a number ofused the US
CAC Mobile Panama Mount as it was far too heavy and complex, andvariants for
the M1917 and the M1 155mm guns. In the early 1950's, proponentsof the
then defunct CAC won approval for the National Guard on the WestCoast to
have M1 155mm battalions assigned to coast defence. Since theguns would
not fit onto the M1917 mounts, well over 900 new mounts were built(each two
gun battery having a average cost of $450K at 1950 prices). In1954
commonsense pervailed and the scheme was shelved, with the NGbattalions
assigned to the Field Army. A old friend of mine, aftergraduation from
West Point and assignment to the Corps of Engineers in 1959, wasassigned
the task of maintaining these 450 odd battery positions and theirwar!!!
The cost of maintaining them was more than it cost to maintain aarmoured
brigade in Germany!