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Australian Army
2/6th Armoured Regiment

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Frank Anderson 1973

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Justin Taylan 2000

Disabled  December 18, 1942

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 was supported the Australian Army 2/10th Battalion advance. A Japanese magnetic mine destroyed the engine compartment.

Wreckage
Recovered from the Buna battlefield in mid-1973, and transported by barge to Port Moresby.  Salvager Vince Sanders stored it for a number of years at his premises in Boroko before it went to the PNG Museum around 1979-80, where it is displayed to this day, and ocassionally repainted every few years.

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

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Last Updated
January 10, 2018

 

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