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8th Tank Regiment

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Peter Flahavin 1996

Tank History
Late model Type 97 armed with 37mm main gun.

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.

Recovery
Taken to Australia for technical evaluation. Later, it toured the country on war bond drives.

Display
Later, it was aquired by the Royal Australian Armoured Corps Museum where it is displayed.

Stan Gajda adds:
"This tank has no fenders and the engine is incomplete and has not been restored inside. One track was installed back to front. But it is a nice corrosion-free example and could be made into a showpiece."

References
Thanks to Stan Gajda and Peter Flahavin for additional information.

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Last Updated
August 19, 2018

 

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