Attached to the Ogasawara Corps with commander
Lt. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi and emplaced on Iwo Jima. On February 19, 1945, this
battery fired upon US Marines landing and
inflicted heavy casualties
on them. After expending all their rockets, the crew
fought with captured weapons to the last man.
The launcher was abandoned on Iwo Jima and remained there until recovered and
donated to Yasukuni Museum on August 15, 2003. The tube has a shrapnel hole in it. It is displayed with a 203mm shell.
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January 9, 2018