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Hi There,

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a fantastic 2008 but also to introduce myself.


My name is Stuart Beeney and I'm interested in Vietnam M series Vehicles. There Doesn't seam to be that much on the Forum about M series stuff but that may change?


I'm sure some of you on here already know me or have seen my truck at the shows.


Please see below (hopefully) what MV kit I own


The first is a M54 A2 6x6 Cargo. Its basically the same as what most people call a Reo but just has a larger payload, larger engine, bigger tyres and lots of other minor differences


The Gun is a M1A1 155mm Howitzer (American)


The Trailer is a M332 Ammunition trailer and it does exactly that carries ammunition mainly for artillery guns or tanks.


Enjoy the Pics





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Welcome Stuart and thanks for the introduction and images and some impressive bits of kit there!


There should be some room in the Clubhouse car park for the lot - it isn't flood lit at the moment as someone was trying to jump start a Ferret off the mains and blew the flipping fuseboard :roll:


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Hi Guys,

Thanks for the warm welcome.


Lee: Thanks for the invite, if I cant get to the Bunker Bash with the MV I will certainly try and get there in the Car.


abn cckw: Glad you liked the toys.


Jack: Thanks for the parking space at the club house, hope there's a good turning circle in the car park?


Mark. Yeah I thought it was time I pulled my finger out and joined up, Now what's this I hear you have gone over to the even darker side of WW2 (only joking) Are you still a secret Reo fan or are you totally converted?


Grasshopper: Nicks been tell everyone that for years even when its not a M Series truck? I have to slightly agree with him, there isn't many 5 ton Reo's in the UK unless anybody knows different? I can only think of 5. How is he doing these days?







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Turning Circles???? Not a problem All Set there , as nothing here thats on wheels thats a 3 axle or more HE mans truck turns all that well as you know .so with things like my 1945 CCKW 353 with a radius of 35' and a 70' circle not exactly tight and a couple of other's with WLF's and not to forget the Antars or the Scamel's the turns are well layed out to give lots of room.Just as long as you keep the speeds reasonable , mind the jeep tires they use for speed bumps :whistle:

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Thanks Joris, heres some information on it. :-D


The Gun is believed to have been used during WW2 but where and by who is unknown. It’s then believed (Unconfirmed) that it went to the Italian Army after WW2, as did a lot of Artillery (a friends 155mm Long Tom went to Italy after the war as well). Nothing is known about its history until 1991 when it was confiscated by the IFOR/SFOR (United nations) During the Bosnian / Serb war. The Serbs were ordered to assemble all of their artillery at a camp in Bilea which was the main artillery depot of the region. It’s believed that the weapons were then sorted for decommissioning / destruction or anything else they decided to do with them. This howitzer was removed from the country and brought into the UK with one other Howitzer. There is only two 155mm Howitzers in private hands in the UK.


Manufactured by: Rock Island Arsenal

Date: Carriage 1942, Recoil Mech 1943, Barrel 1945, Originally built 1942 making it a early production

Country of Origin: USA

Crew of 11 (down to 4 men during the Vietnam war)

Weight of Carriage complete with Barrel: 12,700 lbs (5.5 Tons)

Weight of Cannon (barrel): 3,750 lbs. (1.7 Ton)

Total Length 24 Foot (end to end)

Muzzle Velocity: 1,850 fp

Rate of Fire, maximum: 4 rounds per min.

Rate of Fire, sustained: 1 round per min

Estimated Barrel Life Accuracy: 7,500 rounds

Estimated Barrel Life Expectancy: 15,000 rounds

Weight per Round (projectile) 95 LBS

Range 9.5 Miles


Below: This is a Picture of it sitting on the docks with some other interesting toys. Not sure where the picture was taken?


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Below: The next two pictures show the breech before it was cleaned and restored, the breech plug is a big lump


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Next picture is of a Gun firing, note the distance of travel with the barrel?


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Below: This shows a Gun in use during the Vietnam War


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Below: This is a very sad looking 155 in Vietnam taken by me during my vist to the Ke Sanh Airfield in 2001


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Will do - my emails has been doing stupid things and I've missed some emails, but my wife got them in her account.There's a BT man in Bangalore who has a contract out on him.


I'll do my best to sort this for you. But fear not, I've got a list of people who I've promised snaps and will get through them all eventually.

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