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Tank History
Vickers Light Amphibious Tank sold to the Chinese Army.

Wartime History
Captured in China by the Japanese. The tank was re-equipped with a Japanese machine gun and transported to Rabaul for testing by the Japanese Army in 1943. At the end of the war, this tank was surrendered to the Australian Army when they occupied Rabaul.

Akira “Taki” Takizawa adds:
" I reseached about this vehicle some years ago and I concluded it is Vickers Light Amphibious Tank. Vickers Light Amphibious Tanks were captured in China and used by the Japanese. I found an IJA document stating that one Vickers Light Amphibious Tank was tested at Rabaul in 1943. The document stated that Vickers Light Amphibious Tank sent to Rabaul was equipped with Japanese machine gun. I think that the tank existing at Rabaul is this vehicle."

Display
Displayed at the Kokopo Museum in the outdoor yard, labled as a Japanese Type 94 (1934) Light Amphibious Tank. Over the years, it has been repainted several times.

References
Thanks to Akira “Taki” Takizawa for additional information

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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