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14th Division

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Allan Kelly  1994

Wartime History
Assigned to the 14th Tank Division, commanded by Captain Amano. This tank was one of seventeen tanks based on Peleliu.

After the Marine landing on September 15, 1944 this tank participated in a counterattack with one company of infantry across Peleliu Airfield.

With The Old Breed by Eugene Sledge, page 68, 70:
"At approximately 1650 I looked out across the open airfield toward the southern extremities of the coral ridges - collectively called Bloody Nose Ridge and saw vehicles of some sort moving amid swirling clouds of dust... Shell bursts appeared among the tanks. Some of our Sherman tanks had arrived at the edge of the airfield on our left and opened fire. Because of the clouds of dust and the shellfire, I couldn't see much and didn't see any enemy infantry, but the firing on our left was heavy... Rather than a banzai attack, the Japanese counter thrust turned out to be a well-coordinated tank-infantry attack. Approximately one company of infantry, together with about thirteen tanks, had moved carefully across the airfield until annihilated by the Marines on our left."

A USMC photograph of a destroyed Division Type 95 Ha Go Tank "Izumo", with the turret blown off, is possibly this same tank.

Located to the west of the current runway at the intersection of the old east-west runway and a taxiway used as a road. It is missing the turret and has battle damage. The left tred has been thrown, and is coiled around the rear of the tank.

Thanks to Allan Kelly for additional information
Taki - The History of Battles of IJA Tanks Part I (Peleliu)

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August 19, 2018


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