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Published on May 24, 2009
I was lucky enough to get a chance to fire a couple 155 mm high explosive (HE) rounds over the skies of Iraq. Each round weighs over 102 lbs and takes 1-2 guys to carry and load (kinda like carrying a keg of Sierra Nevada and tapping it).
The ground temperature at the gun line was 126 degrees! Burrrr.... Everyone drinks water and Gatorade constantly. I am the guy on the right of the gun pulling the cord (i.e. trigger) to the raw explosive power of this indirect fire (IDF)! I would not want to be anywhere near the receiving end of these shells!