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Abominog
March 17, 2011, 10:02
Hello O'Experts!

Please ID these two artillery pieces on Guadalcanal.

There are four photos:
First: Gun #1, whole
Second: Gun #2, close up of action
Third: Gun #2, whole
Fourth: Gun #2, breach markings

Thanks!

Abominog
March 17, 2011, 10:06
Here's a close up of the next gun (#2)

Abominog
March 17, 2011, 10:16
Gun #2

Abominog
March 17, 2011, 10:19
Gun #2 breach markings

Story
March 17, 2011, 14:53
#1 looks like a 75mm Type 95
http://www.lonesentry.com/manuals/handbook-japanese-military/field-artillery.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Type_95_75_mm_Field_Gun

If #2 has a box trail and not split legs, it looks like an early (1905 first model) 75mm Type 38
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Type_38_75_mm_Field_Gun

Pistolwiz
March 17, 2011, 15:07
It's been awhile. I do remember something about the Japanese moving 75mm pieces through the jungle on cut trails by their own backs. IIRC they set them up at odd places around Henderson Field to lob in a few here and there to keep things fluid at the airstrip.

And also used them for a few assaults. I don't think they were used at Tenaru River and Bloody Ridge. Again...IIRC they couldn't get them in place on time for Bloody Ridge.


If THAT is what they dragged through many miles of jungle. And the ammo. Wow. Those men really have my respect. I couldn't imagine humping that thing through a nightmare jungle like Guadalcanal.

Story
March 17, 2011, 20:58
Vintage shot of one of the weapons
http://guadalcanal.homestead.com/2008photos/stolzmann/japanese_gun_at_Kokumbona.jpg

FAL freek
March 18, 2011, 23:23
Always wonder why with all the stuff still laying around from WW II on places like Guadalcanal, New Guinea, Rabaul, etc. the local governmen doesn't fix he stuff up and put it in a museum? They could also sell off some of the pieces as I'm sure many private collections would be eager to purchase some. Yes they're off the beaten path but it might help stimulate tourism to the far off places.

LPC
March 20, 2011, 06:35
Gun #2 is a Type 96 15cm (150mm) howitzer.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Type_96_15_cm_Howitzer

The gun in picture posted here was made in Osaka. Made in Showa 15 (1940)