1415 - Vickers Light Amphibious Tank - Kokopo, PNG

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1415 - Vickers Light Amphibious Tank - Kokopo, PNG

Postby Ricky » Sun Nov 21, 2010 8:21 am

Vehicle type
Vickers Light Amphibious Tank

Current location
Kokopo War Museum, Rabaul, Papua New Guinea

Condition
Poor - missing parts. Labelled as a Japanese Type 94 (1934) Light Amphibious Tank.

History
Captured in China, equipped with Japanese machine gun and tested at Rabaul in 1943. (from Akira “Taki” Takizawa)

Links
<http://www.pacificwrecks.com/tank/vickers/kokopo.html>
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Re: 1415 - Vickers Light Amphibious Tank - Kokopo, PNG

Postby tom! » Sun Nov 21, 2010 10:31 am

Hi.

The turret is the same as used on the Type 94 Special Tractor TK.

I´ve seen pictures of a Vickers Light Amphibious Tank used by IJA troops during a river-crossing exercise in late 1938 in China. The Vehicle was also used during a 1938 parade in northern China.

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Re: 1415 - Vickers Light Amphibious Tank - Kokopo, PNG

Postby tom! » Sun Dec 06, 2015 9:05 am

Hi.

Further research showed that the vehicle is not a Vickers Amphibious tank but the only prototype of the IJA SR III Light Amphibious Tank!!! Neither Suspension nor superstructure are really matching the Vickers model but are typical for japanese designs (I really should have learned not to trust western designations...... :evil: ).

Both tanks were sent to Rabaul in 1942 or 43 for test and transport purposes. That´s why they were mixed up postwar.

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Re: 1415 - Vickers Light Amphibious Tank - Kokopo, PNG

Postby Ricky » Tue Dec 08, 2015 9:32 pm

Wow, thanks tom! that's amazing. Do you know anything about this prototype?
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Re: 1415 - Vickers Light Amphibious Tank - Kokopo, PNG

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