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  150mm Howitzer Type 96 (1936) Serial Number 11

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Ewan Stevenson 1981

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Justin Taylan 2003

Gun History
Imperial Army howitzer, serial number 11. The breech is still attached in the closed position. Barrel is horizontal, wheels and sheild are present.

Wartime History
Transported to Guadalcanal. Emplaced at Tenaro near Cape Esperence overlooking Iron Bottom Sound, protecting the Japanese landing areas. Abandoned when Japanese Army withdrew from Guadalcanal in February 1943.

Remained in situ until the late 1970s. Salvaged by Fred Kona to Vilu War Museum. During the early 1980s, this gun was displayed outside a hut that formed the museum's sole building.

Ewan Stevenson adds:
"Two of the 150mm guns were moved down from Tenaro 1976-1978. Certainly before 1980. Some people were not very happy with Fred for moving them down. Moving these artifacts from their original location destroys forever some of their inherent value. Those Type 96 on the ridge above Tenaro were truly magnificent in the kunai grass. A nice view and intriguing mysterious position never mentioned in the books. I so wish I could have visited them and photographed and videoed them in their original location. Who knows what fortifications / archaeological remains may have been associated with them. Such archaeological earthworks that remain today in the vicinity may now be inexplicable. But that was how Fred was the only person that has been successful in putting anything together on Guadalcanal. He over rode any protests and just used his over bearing, colourful character and status."

Thanks to Peter Flahavin and Ewan Stevenson for additional information.

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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