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According to Wikipedia (and yes I know you can't always trust it!) the Imperial Japanese Army obtained a number of WW1 tanks immediately post-war for evaluation. One of these was a Mark V, and there were a number of Whippets and some Renault FT-17s.  Don't suppose anybody has any more information on the Mark V do they?

Wikipedia does have a nice photo of the Whippets though


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I think it says Mark IV  smile

Here's what's on the 'tanks' site (find it by using 'fsu'  and 'mailer' in your search term, or bookmark it)

http://mailer.fsu.edu/~akirk/tanks/japan/J-MKIV.jpg

http://mailer.fsu.edu/~akirk/tanks/japan/MEMORIAL.jpg

"The Mark IV was named "Dai 1 Gou Kinen Sensha" (The First Memorial Tank), and was exhibited in Yasukuni Shrine till 1944."




-- Edited by philthydirtyanimal on Tuesday 26th of January 2010 02:12:20 PM

-- Edited by philthydirtyanimal on Tuesday 26th of January 2010 02:12:50 PM

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Taki - the preeminent expert on IJA armour says that a single Mark IV female was imported in 1918.

www3.plala.or.jp/takihome/Mark-IV.html

There were about 6 Whippets and 13 FT-17s imported - some of the FT-17s were used operationally in the Manchurian incident (same source as above).

Regards,

Charlie



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Thanks both of you - fortunately Phil I do have an eye test booked for saturday!

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I emailed the Yasukuni shrine and a very helpful Mr Noda replied to say that it arrived in October 1918 along with 4 NCOs and a Major Bruce as instructors - these worthies were decorated by the Emperor on their return to the UK. The seem to have stayed with it at the army driving school at Setagaya for a while

According to a diary at Yasukuni in 1937 it "won the favorable reception of the viewer" - which probably makes it more popular than most of the UK commemoration tanks in the inter-war years which had of course been sliced up for scrap by then!

The other thing is that it is unclear what actually happened to the tank at the end - he assumes that it was disposed of during WW2 or just after.

(Many thanks are, I think, due to Noda San for his reply)

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