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  Type 95 Ha Go Light Tank Hull Number 1614 
IJA
Kure 5th SNLF
(Tank Platoon)

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AWM August 1942

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Phil Bradley 2006

Wartime History
One of two Type 95 Ha Go tanks landed by the Japanese at Milne Bay. Both tanks became bogged down on August 29, 1942 on rough road, one in a ditch the other along the road. The Japanese abandoned both tanks, but removed the main guns when they withdrew.

Salvage
Both tanks were captured by Australian Army and later salvaged to Milne Bay. The removed main guns were later found and both tanks were shipped to Australia for technical evaluation. Later, the tanks toured the country on war bond drives.

Disposals
At the end of the war, it was sold at a Commonwealth Disposals auction to Huges Trading Company in Coburg, Victoria. There, it languished in an outdoor yard.

Display
In the middle 1970s, it was purchased by John Belfield and displayed at the Melbourne Tank Museum, with a replacement replica main gun and right tread.

In 2005, when the Melbourne Tank Museum closed, this tank was placed on auction and was acquire by the Australian War Memorial (AWM) and placed into storage at the AWM Annex (Treloar Technology Centre). Afterwards, meticulously restored by the museum and remains in storage at the AWM Annex.

References
History of Battles of IJA Tanks / Milne by Akira Takizawa

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Last Updated
August 19, 2018

 

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