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Australian Army
2/6th Armoured Regiment
C Squadron
10 Troop Command

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US Army December 1942
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1973 via 2/6th Assoc
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Daniel Leahy 2004

Wartime History
First arrived at Milne Bay, then transported to Buna. One of seven M3 Stuarts of the 2/6th Armoured Regiment including this tank were supporting troops of the 2/9th Infantry Battalion at Cape Endaiadere.

On December 18, 1942 this tank bellied on a log during first Allied tank operation in Papua during the Buna campaign. Japanese troops were able to light a fire underneath the tank disabling it, but the the crew  were able to escape unharmed.

Wreckage
Recovered from the Buna battlefield during the middle of 1973, and was transported to Port Moresby by barge. Next, shipped to Australia to the Australian War Memorial Second World War Hall.

References
Thanks Douglas Hubbard, Jr. for recovery information.
"The Vital Factor: A History Of 2/6th Australian Armoured Regiment 1941-1946" has details on the crew and wartime history of this tank.
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional information.

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Last Updated
January 10, 2018

 

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