Priest M7B2

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Location: Nederweert Full-Reuenthal Switzerland
Year of production: 1944 (M7B2 conversion postwar 1962)
Country of origin: United States of America
Manufacturer:Pressed Steel Car Company, Chicago / Hegewisch Station
Type: M7B2 Self Propelled Howtizer 'Priest'
General condition: Cosmetically restored/non-runner
Estimated Price: Between € 100.000 and € 125.000

Movie: Priest M7B2 Self Propelled Howtizer 105mm

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Auction starting April 19, 2024 12:00 am

Condition

In need of full restoration but reasonably complete. The M7B2 has a gearbox and an incomplete engine. Some of the rubber on the tracks and wheels of the M7B2 has burned off. The M7B2 is a conversion from the WWII M7B1 built in 1944.

History

For the duration of the war, the workhorse of the motorized artillery units was a derivative of the most produced tracked platform in the US Army, the M4 Sherman tank. In 1941, US Army observers noticed that more firepower would be needed to support armored operations. Before experiments were made with the Sherman in 1944 with a 105 mm (4.13 in) howitzer in the turret, building SPGs was the easiest way to achieve this, as there were few constraints on the gun carried. The T19 half-tracks were developed for this task, but still lacked protection and off-road capabilities. Eventually, in 1941, the M3 Lee chassis was chosen, leading to a converted prototype, the T32.
The T32 was modified with an open-topped superstructure, mounting a 105 mm (4.13 in) howitzer. This standard M2 howitzer was just entering service when the Pacific War started, and proved to a be highly dependable piece of ordinance, being produced from 1941 to 1953 and used until the 1970s. Accuracy was good, and its HE rounds (105x372R) were noted for their excellent explosive power.
Due to the high transmission of the chassis, the floor was high and the superstructure tall, with flat armored walls to protect the open crew compartment Ammunition was stockpiled inside storage boxes and into the hull (24 rounds). During trials, it was apparent that defensive armament was needed, and provisions were made for an M2 Browning machine gun. This gave an excellent arc of fire, while the howitzer was placed offset to the right. This characteristic was noted by the British commission, which named the new vehicle “Priest”, due to the pulpit-like MG emplacement.
Charged to buy the new tank, they placed an order for 4400 to be delivered in 1943 (never achieved). The new vehicle was accepted for service in February 1942 as the 105 mm Self Propelled Gun, and production started immediately at the American Locomotive Company. It was joined in 1942 by Pressed Steel Car and later by Federal Machine and Welder.
The M7B1 was an upgraded version based on the M4A3 Sherman chassis and standardized in September 1943, 826 were built by Pressed Steel Car. They were characterized by their Ford GAA V-8 (450 hp) engine, new suspensions roadwheels and idlers, and side skirts, with many internal modifications.
The Priest saw action in North-Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, and the entire Western front up to Berlin and proved to be very reliable and successful. The Priest M7B1 saw first action in the battle of the Bulge. There the M7B1 proved to be very effective. Same for the campaign up to Berlin. For this reason, it was also frequently used in the post war period. In the ‘50s the M7B2 was widely used in the Korean war.

Technical

Manufacturer: Pressed Steel Car Company, Chicago / Hegewisch Station
Model: M7B2 Howitzer Motor Carriage (converted to B2 model 1962)
Manufacturing date: 1944 (M7B2 conversion postwar 1962)
Serial number: 117
Serial number gun: 14247
Length: 19 ft 9 in (6,02 m)
Width: 9 ft 5 in (2,87 m)
Height (top up): 9 ft 8 in (2,95 m)
Height (top down): n/a
Weight: 50,045 lb (22.700 kg)
Max. speed (land): 24,4 mph (39 km/h)
Max. speed (water): n/a
Operational range: 120 mph (193 km)
Main armament: 105 mm M2A1 howitzer
Secondary armament: 1x .50 M2 machine gun, note secondary armament not included
Engine: Ford GAA V8 cyl. gasoline, 525 hp
Crew: 4 (commander, gunner, loader, driver)
Armor: 2 in – 4,2 in (51 – 108 mm)
Production numbers: M7B2: 127 converted from the 826 M7B1.

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