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Type 96 15 cm Howitzer Field Gun

Country of OriginJapan
TypeField Gun
Caliber149.100 mm
Barrel Length3,523.000 mm
Weight1106.600 kg
Ammunition Weight31.20 kg
Rate of Fire3 rounds/min
Range11,850 m
Muzzle Velocity540 m/s


ww2dbaseThe Type 96 15 cm Howitzer field guns were the result of a long series of research that dated back to the 1920s. The design largely finished in 1934, but Japanese Army Chief of Staff Kazushige Ugaki insisted that further enhancements must be completed before the design entered production. The first production example was built in 1937; between 1937 and 1945, 440 of them were built. These weapons were mounted on rubber-shod wooden wheels, and were usually towed by tractors. They first saw combat during the Second Sino-Japanese War, and subsequently saw action during the Nomonhan Incident, the Japanese invasion of the Philippine Islands, the Guadalcanal Campaign, and the Okinawa Campaign.

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Last Major Revision: Feb 2010

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Type 96 15 cm howitzer in action, date unknownType 96 15 cm howitzer, date unknownType 96 15 cm howitzers of Japanese 7th Artillery Regiment in northeastern China, 1939Type 89 15-cm cannon on display at Yushukan Museum, Tokyo, Japan, 7 Sep 2009, photo 1 of 3; note Type 96 15-cm howitzer in background
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