Type 97 Chi-Ha Medium Tank
An improved version of the Type 97 Te-Ke. Fielded by March 1942. There were six medium
sized bogie wheels inside the treads. The aerial on top of
the turret was for communication. This tank
was up-gunned with a short barrel 47mm main gun with 120 rounds
for it. Also, two Type
97 machine guns, one in the hull another in the turret and carries
2,745 rounds for these.
Improved Shinhoto Version
Later variants include the Type
97 Shinhoto Chi-Hi (Improved Type 97) proved to be too little, too late. It
still no match for the
and its 75mm gun.
Manufactured by Mitsubishi, Hitachi, Nihon and
Sagami from 1940 - 1943.
Thanks to Alfred
Weinzierl and Stan
Gajda for assistance with this profile.