Type 98 320 mm mortar

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Type 98 320 mm mortar
Type98 320mm mortar IJA.jpg
Type 98 320mm mortar
Place of origin Empire of Japan
Service history
Used byJapan
WarsWorld War II
Mass675 lbs (projectile)

Type 98 320 mm mortar (九八式臼砲, Kyūhachi-shiki-kyūhō), also known as a "32-cm" gun,[1] was a mortar of the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA).[2] It is an example of a type of artillery called "spigot mortars".[3]

History[change | change source]

This artillery piece was used by the Japanese military during World War II.[4]

Combat record[change | change source]

During World War II, the IJA had 12 Type 98s at the Battle of Iwo Jima.[5]

The Type 98 mortars were also used on Okinawa.[4]

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References[change | change source]

  1. Rottman, Gordon L. (2005). Japanese Army in World War II: Conquest of the Pacific 1941-42, p. 50.
  2. This field gun type was named "ninety-eight" because it was first built in 1938; and 1938 was the 2598th year since Emperor Jimmu, the first Emperor of Japan. The Japanese Imperial year was Kōki 2598 (皇紀2598年).
  3. Alexander, Joseph. "The Japanese 320mm spigot mortar,"Closing In: Marines in the Seizure of Iwo Jima; retrieved 2012-2-20.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Appleman, Roy E. et al. Okinawa: The Last Battle, pp. 90-91; retrieved 2012-2-20.
  5. Moore, Jeff M. "The High Cost of Faulty Intel," Naval History, February 2005; retrieved 2012-2-20.

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