|Place||Oceania: Pacific Islands, Bismarck Archipelago, New Britain, Gazelle Peninsula, Rabaul Area, Rabaul|
|Date made||May 1942|
Second World War, 1939-1945
75 mm Type 41 Field gun (Japan)
75mm Field gun with hydrospring recoil mechanism. Cradle is mounted on a carriage with iron rimmed wooden spoked wheels. The trail is constructed from two parallel tubular steel trails which clamp to the axle tree. The tubes are joined by a tubular cross member at the rear end. In the centre of the cross member is a projection rearwards for fitting the trail end and a large single detachable spade. Breech is interrupted screw thread type and is actuated by a hand lever swinging across the rear of the breech ring. Elevation and traverse is handwheel controlled from the left side of the carriage. Dial sight mounting is also on the left side of the cradle. The shield is a single piece of armour plate provided with a sighting door. Three sighting rods are attached to the inside of the shield. No sights. Japanese factory cyphers and date (Showa 17).
Based on an early 20th century German Krupp design, this type of gun was used extensively by the Japanese army until 1945. This example was sourced from Rabaul, by 5 Military History team attached to 11 Division, and shipped to Australia on the SS "Salamaua"