Type 38 (150 mm)

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A Japanese crew fires the 15 cm Type 38.

Imperial Japan, seeking out new artillery equipment, acquired 150 mm L/12 howitzers from Krupp in Germany in 1903. Starting by ordering a total of 36 from the manufacturer, Japan then acquired the license to manufacture the howitzers domestically. The resulting howitzer in Japanese service was called the 15 cm Type 38 field howitzer (for the 8th year of Emperor Meiji's reign (1905)).[1]

Essentially unchanged from the Krupp L/12 model, the gun retained rather modern features such as an open box trail and interrupted screw breech.[2] The weapon was rather lightweight at 2.09 tons.[3], due in part to a simple recoil mechanism needed for the small propelling charges for the shell. Consequently however, the 150 mm Type 38 suffered from a short effective range of less than 6,000 meters. This led to future procurements of howitzers such as the 150 mm Type 4 that had a higher effective range than the Type 38.

Though replaced from front-line service with newer howitzers by the 1930s, the Type 38 were still used until the end of World War II.[3] The guns were notably used in the Second Sino-Japanese war,[4] and as the main armament of the Ho-Ro self-propelled gun, assembled at the Osaka Arsenal.[5]


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  1. Ness 2014, pg 252-255
  2. Ness 2014, pg 265-266
  3. 3.0 3.1 Taki "Type 38 15cm Howitzer"
  4. War Department 1944, pg 74
  5. Ness 2014, pg 507
  • Ness, Leland. Rikugun. Volume 2: Weapons of the Imperial Japanese Army & Navy Ground Forces. Helion and Company, 19 Dec. 2014.
  • Taki "Type 38 15cm Howitzer" Imperial Japanese Army Page, Website. Accessed on 20 Apr 2021 (Archive).
  • War Department Special Series No 25: Japanese Field Artillery United States Government Printing Offices, 15 Oct. 1944.

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