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8th Tank Regiment

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September 1945
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Peter Flahavin 1996

Wartime History
This tank was based at Rapopo near Rabaul.  At the end of the war, it was one of forty tanks surrendered at Rapopo on September 28, 1945 to the Australian 2/4 Armoured Regiment. The tanks were then driven to Rabaul by Japanese drivers with Australians as tank commanders. Most were then destroyed.

This tank was brought back to Australia as war booty and displayed at Royal Australian Armoured Corps Museum.

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August 19, 2018


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