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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 11:22 am 
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While surfing Youtube I came across this film about the battleship Yamato.

I wondered if anyone new the type of Anti Aircraft gun they are firing?

and what is the purpose of the canister on their backs?

http://youtu.be/1a1-zsd7Sn0

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The anti aircraft guns are most likely the type 96 model which was a japanese built version of a Hotchkiss design of which the Yamato was fitted with something like 162 25mm anti aircraft guns, along with all the other bigger and smaller caliber weapons.

The canister is the gas mask canister, you can occasionally see the hose leading down into the bag on their hips containing the actual mask

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Excellent thank you.

From the info you gave I was able to find the wiki entry

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Type_96_25_mm_AT/AA_Gun

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