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Photos 2000

Photos by Justin Taylan, 2000

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Aerial bombs, torpedoes, and shells litter an area of the yard. These casing are testament to the vast number and variety of munitions - bombs and mines that the Japanese had at Rabaul, and bomb casing from some Allied bombs. Japanese radio and telephone communication gear, also airfield gear like landing lights, instruments and dials. Adjacent are Japanese small arms and a large group of machine guns & cannons. Type 96 (1936) Type 2 25 mm triple anti-aircraft gun. Recovered from Gunanur Plantation (Vunakanau) Rabaul
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(top left) Japanese Type 11 (1922) 37 mm infantry gun (a French design). The cannon is from colonial period, and the bomb casing an Allied 1,000 lbs bomb) Model 94 (1934) 37mm tank guns. Clips for 7.7mm light MG. The larger clip is for 13.2mm ammo - maybe for the Type 93 (1933) 13.2 mm machine gun 13.2mm AA Gun (also french design)
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75mm Field Gun Type 35 (1935) recovered from Tomaringa
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This strange little gun has parts from three different guns. The trails are from a German 37 mm AT gun. The shield, barrel and gun cradle are from a Japanese Type 94 (1934) 37 mm AT gun. I've never seen wheels like that. If it is a Japanese version of the German gun then it is a very rare find.
 
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