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Japanese Type 96 25mm Anti-Aircraft Gun

WWII Japanese Type 96 25mm Anti-Aircraft Gun in dual barrel configuration. The Type 96 played a highly effective rolls on both land and at sea. The gun had a crew on 3-9 personnel based on the number of barrels. The Type 96 used a 15 round magazine and could fire 220 rounds a minute. The Type 96 was in service from 1936-1945 with 33,000 units built. The Type 96 was among the weapons designed and built at the Yokosuka Naval Arsenal (Now US Naval Fleet Activities Yokosuka). While not listed as part of the official Naval Base Guam Historic Trail, this particular Type 96 can be found in the jungle off a small trail behind the remains of the Guam Transpacific Cable Station on Naval Base Guam (Naval Base Access Required). Its placement would have provided cover fire for Orote Airfield and Apra Harbor from July 21 to July 29 of 1944.

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  • Text: Alex Bedoya, Jr.
  • Photos: Alex Bedoya, Jr.