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Type 45 24 cm Howitzer Field Gun

Country of OriginJapan
TypeField Gun
Caliber240.000 mm
Barrel Length3,892.000 mm
Weight38000.000 kg
Ammunition Weight181.00 kg
Range10,335 m
Muzzle Velocity365 m/s

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ww2dbaseThe Type 45 24-centimeter heavy howitzers were the first such heavy siege gun designed and built entirely in Japan after the Russo-Japanese War. Extremely heavy, they were initially deployed in 1912 as coastal artillery guns, but they were designed to be able to break down into components for transportation with the help of ten vehicles. They could only be reloaded at horizontal elevation. 80 of them were built during the design's production life. They first saw combat during the Siege of Tsingtao in China during WW1 against German forces, and they were generally regarded as good siege weapons. During WW2, they were used by the Japanese Army against British positions in Hong Kong and against American positions at the Bata'an Peninsula and then the island of Corregidor in the Philippine Islands. In the latter campaign, American forces recorded 1,047 shells from Type 45 howitzers fired at them at Bata'an and another 2,915 shells at Corregidor. They fired their last rounds in Manchuria in northeast China against Soviet troops during Operation August Storm.

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Last Major Revision: Jun 2010

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Japanese Army Type 45 24 cm Howitzer as seen in US War Department publication TM-E 30-480 Japanese Army Type 45 24 cm Howitzer as seen in US War Department publication TM-E 30-480




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