This manual prescribes the duties to be performed in the service of the 105mm Howitzer Motor Carriage, M37, by the personnel normally assigned to a howitzer section of an armored Field Artillery firing battery.
"This 1954 manual is a guide to assist commanders in developing the sections of 8 inch gun M1 and 240-mm howitzer M1 firing batteries into efficient, smooth-working teams that have a sense of discipline that will impel them to operate effectively...
"Since the invention of gunpowder, fortification has received various improvements, and many have been the books wrote upon this subject, which might incline one to think, that it was arrived to its utmost perfection. . . "
This SOP standardizes routine procedures; it applies to organic nad attached units alike, unless otherwise stated. The material presented herein is applicable without modification to both nuclear and nonnuclear material.