Inside the Chieftain's Hatch: Ho-Ro


During World War II, Japan adopted a new military strategy, inspired by the success of German operations from 1939 to 1940. Due to industrial limitations, they prioritized the production of medium tanks over tank destroyers and self-propelled artillery. Using the chassis of the Type 97 tank as a foundation, they created the Type 4 Ho-Ro, a modified medium tank designed for the self-propelled gun variant. The Ho-Ro features 15 mm frontal armor, combining bolted and riveted construction methods instead of welding. Its suspension design, though somewhat complex, effectively absorbs shock.

Join Nicholas "The Chieftain" Moran at the American Heritage Museum in Hudson, Massachusetts, for an up-close look at this rare surviving example. Watch as he examines the exterior and explores the vehicle's additional features. Delve into storage boxes and armor protection, and check out the unique springs and pivoting wheels.

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