Type 97 Shinhoto Chi-Ha Japanese Medium Tank Interior

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The starboard side of the turret of the Type 97 Shinhoto Chi-Ha displayed at the Ropkey Armor Museum. Note the applique armor applied to the front of the turret, secured at the rear with four rivets.  In the middle of the turret is a small hatch (with pistol port) for discarding spent shell casings.  It was possible to reach inside the turret with a camera through this hatch.
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The interior is unrestored. While there is some obvious deterioration, the original colors and coatings remain.  The loader’s hatch is above in this view, the gun breach is to the right.
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Looking up into the commander’s cupola. The armored glass blocks cover vision slits cut into the armored ring, similar to those seen for the driver and gunner in the previous post.
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Looking down into the port side of the hull. The gun breach is to the right, a ready service locker for ammunition is to the left.
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Bins at the back of the turret for additional ammunition. Total ammunition load-out for the main gun was 104 rounds.
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The breach of the 47mm gun. This appears to be natural metal covered in an amber varnish.  This type of finish was used by the Japanese on a variety of equipment.  Painted surfaces appear as an off-white.
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Looking down into the forward hull. The elevation wheel is under the gun, the turret train wheel is at the far right.