Type 4 150 mm howitzer

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Type 4 15 cm Howitzer
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Type 4 15 cm Howitzer
Type heavy howitzer
Place of origin  Empire of Japan
Service history
In service 1915-1949?
Used by War flag of the Imperial Japanese Army.svg Imperial Japanese Army
 Republic of China (NRA)
 People's Republic of China (PLA)
Wars Second Sino-Japanese War
Soviet-Japanese Border Wars
World War II
Chinese Civil War
Production history
Designer Osaka Arsenal
Designed 1915
Manufacturer Osaka Arsenal
Number built 280
Specifications
Weight 2,797 kilograms (6,166 lb)
Barrel length 2.169 m (7 ft 1 in) L/14.6

Shell 35.9 kilograms (79 lb)
Caliber 149.1 mm (5.87 in)
Breech vertical sliding
Recoil hydro-pneumatic
Carriage box trail
Elevation -5° to +65°
Traverse
Rate of fire 3-4 rounds/minute
Muzzle velocity 410 m/s (1,345 ft/s)
Maximum range 9,575 metres (10,471 yd)
Sights Panoramic

The Type 4 150 mm howitzer (四年式十五糎榴弾砲 Yonenshiki Jyūgosenchi Ryudanhō?), also known as a "15-cm" gun,[1] was a field gun used by the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA).[2] It

History[change | edit source]

Type 4 was available to IJA forces after 1915.[3]

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This artillery piece was used during the Second Sino-Japanese War and World War II.[3] This gun was designed to be moved by horses; and it continued to be used until 1945.

Type 4s were used by the IJA on Saipan in World War II.[4]

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References[change | edit source]

  1. Rottman, Gordon L. (2005). Japanese Army in World War II: Conquest of the Pacific 1941-42, p. 50; 15-cm = 150-mm
  2. This howitzer type was named "four" because it was ordered in 1915; and 1915 was the 4th year of the reign of Emperor Taishō -- 1915 (Taishō 4).
  3. 3.0 3.1 US War Dept. (1944). "Model 4 (1915) 150-mm howitzer," Handbook on Japanese Military Forces, pp. 226-227.
  4. Goldberg, Harold J. (2007). D-Day in the Pacific: the Battle of Saipan, p. 35; Denfeld, D. Colt. (1992). Japanese Fortifications and Other Military Structures in the Central Pacific, p. 56.

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