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  Type 97 Chi-Ha Medium Tank (Saipan No. 1)  

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Bruce Petty 1995

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Kevin Donahue 2004
Tank History
Delivered to the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) as Type 97 Chi-Ha Medium Tank hull number unknown.

Wartime History
Transported to Saipan.

During June 1944, disabled during the Battle of Saipan and captured by U. S. forces.

This tank is displayed on Saipan atop a concrete pedestal. The turret is facing forward. Over the past decade, its condition has deteriorated and the bow machine gun and other parts have been removed. During the early 2000s, a metal frame was added to the top of the turret as a replica radio antenna.

Thanks to Allan Kelly, Bruce Petty and Kevin Donahue for additional information

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Last Updated
November 28, 2020


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Type 97

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