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IJA
14th Division

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USMC Sept 15, 1944

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Allan Kelly  1994
Wartime History
Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) as Type 95 Ha Go light tank manufacture number unknown. Assigned to the 14th Tank Division tank unit commanded by Captain Amano. This tank was one of seventeen on Peleliu Island.

On September 15, 1944 the U. S. Marine Cops 1st Marine Division landed on southwest corner of Peleliu Island and captured the southern portion of Peleliu Airfield. To counterattack against the landing, sixteen Japanese Type 95 Ha Go tanks supported by infantry attacked across the airfield but were defeated by the Marines and every attacking tank was disabled.

With The Old Breed by Eugene Sledge, page 68, 70:
"At approximately 1650 I looked out across the open airfield toward the southern extremities of the coral ridges - collectively called Bloody Nose Ridge and saw vehicles of some sort moving amid swirling clouds of dust... Shell bursts appeared among the tanks. Some of our Sherman tanks had arrived at the edge of the airfield on our left and opened fire. Because of the clouds of dust and the shellfire, I couldn't see much and didn't see any enemy infantry, but the firing on our left was heavy... Rather than a banzai attack, the Japanese counter thrust turned out to be a well-coordinated tank-infantry attack. Approximately one company of infantry, together with about thirteen tanks, had moved carefully across the airfield until annihilated by the Marines on our left."


Wreckage
The hull of this tank is located to the west of runway at Peleliu Airfield on the intersection of the old east-west runway and a taxiway that is now used as a road. The turret is missing and the hull has battle damage. The left tread is partially removed and coiled around the rear of the tank. A photograph of a Type 95 Ha Go "Izumo" with the turret blown off might be the same tank.

References
Taki - The History of Battles of IJA Tanks Part I (Peleliu)
Thanks to Allan Kelly for additional information

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October 23, 2019

 

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