SPOILS OF WAR

A variety of rare and unique German selfpropelled guns can be found at a United States Army base. Craig Moore tells us all about them

The Ausf. K ‘Grille’ (Sd.Kfz. 138/1) artillery self-propelled howitzer was fitted with a gun clamp at the front so the gun could be locked into position when the vehicle was on the move to prevent it getting damaged

Just north of Lawton, Oklahoma is the United State Army base Fort Sill. It was originally a wooden fort built during the American Frontier Wars when the US Cavalry fought various American First Nation tribes. Wellknown figures like Buffalo Bill Cody, Wild Bill Hickok, Ben Clark and Jack Stilwell operated from the Fort along with the 7th Cavalry, 19th Kansas Volunteers, 10th Cavalry and a group of African American cavalrymen known as the ‘Buffalo Soldiers’. It was initially called Camp Wichita but was renamed in honour of Brigadier General Joshua W. Sill, who was killed during the American Civil War.

The first artillery battery arrived at Fort Sill in 1902 and the current US Army Field Artillery School was founded in 1911. Fort

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