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Old 12-02-2012, 08:51 PM
WTE_Galway WTE_Galway is offline
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The Aussies also had the Owens but that isn't really a HMG.

The japanese did have the new lighter version of the Juki:

Also don't forget the Japanese Mountain guns.

The Australians along the Kokoda track did entirely without artillery except for a few days from 21 September 1942. When the Japanese were on Ioribaiwa Ridge, at the limit of their advance, two 25lb guns of 14th Field Regiment were dragged up to Owers' Corner from where they were able to fire on the enemy.

The Japanese experience of war in China in the 1930s had taught them that in remote road-less regions the only artillery they would have was what they carried with them. On first landing in Papua they had 17 artillery pieces. These were of three types; 75mm mountain guns, 70mm infantry guns and 37mm guns which could fire an anti-tank or an anti-personnel round. All three could be taken apart and carried by horse or man. When the Japanese advanced into the Owen Stanley Range the carrying of the guns and their ammunition had to be done by men alone. One fifth of their force was needed to shoulder the burden of the disassembled guns and several thousand rounds of ammunition.

Below ... 23 November 1942. Oivi. A captured Japanese 70mm howitzer and Juki medium machine gun.

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