M52 Howitzer


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Development of what would become the M52 Self-Propelled Howitzer (SPH) began in 1948 just prior to the Korean War (1950-1953). In its pilot form, the vehicle was known as the T98 105mm Howitzer Motor Carriage in keeping with U.S. Army naming convention of World War 2 (1939-1945) for its artillery gun carriers. The vehicle was based on the chassis of the M41 "Walker Bulldog" Light Tank which was introduced in 1953 but in development beginning in 1947. Production of M52 SPH systems totaled 584 units.