Late model Type 97 armed with 37mm main gun.
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
Taken to Australia for technical evaluation. Later, it toured the country on war bond drives.
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."
Thanks to Stan Gajda and Peter Flahavin for additional information.
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August 19, 2018