Carl R. Thien 201st Counter Intelligence Corps
| Type 97 Chi-Ha Tank dug
into a fighting position.
|Jeep passes burnt hulk of
out Type 97 Chi-Ha
|Type 97 Chi-Ha along roadside|
|Open turret of a tank exposed above rice paddy field||Type 97 Chi-Ha dug into fighting position Detail of markings||Abandoned Type 97 Chi-Ha
on the roadside Detail of marking
Retracing The Tank Battles
In October 2005, I retraced the path of these battles, visiting Binalonan, San Manuel and Urdaneta. Although I could discover no traces of any of these tank hulks in the initial visit, I am constantly surprised by the relics on private property or when on starts asking around. One former police officer told me about at least one 'Japanese tank' still in the area.
|The same general area
near San Manuel today
|Binalonan town welcome sign||Binalonan `street, lined with
tricycles today, not tanks.
|Taylan with San Manuel sign||Entrance to San Manuel town||'Woodpecker' machine gun|
References & Thanks
AFV News, May 1982, Vol. 17 No. 3 via David C. Clarke
AFV News, September 1982 Vol. 17 No. 4 via David C. Clarke
History of Battles of Imperial Japanese Tanks by A. Takizawa
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