6th Sasebo SNLF
AWM Sept 9, 1945
AWM Sept 28, 1945
One of two Type 95 Ha Go tanks assigned to the Imperial Japanese Navy, to the 6th Sasebo Special Naval Landing Force (SNLF) headquarters tank unit. Transported to Buin (Kahili) on southern Bougainville. Both tanks survived until the end of the war undamaged. Presumably, both were being saved for the final defense of the Buin area, but were never used in combat.
In accordance with the terms of surrender, both tanks were driven to Kahili Airfield (Buin) to a weapons dump area to await the arrival of Allied forces. On September 9, 1945 surrendered to the Australian Army. During late September, both tanks were rigged with explosives and detonated to render them useless. The explosions called both their turrets to be blown off the hulls. Ultimate fate unknown, likely abandoned or scrapped.
AWM F07334 "Movement of Japanese to Fauro Island" tank demolition 00:30 - 01:04
Taki Takizawa adds: "Sasebo 6th SNLF had only two tanks. On the OOB, they were stated Type 97 Medium Tanks. But, it would be error and they were Type 95. Two tanks were assigned to SNLF HQ tank unit."
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February 4, 2018