Japanese Ground Self Defense Force Soldiers relocate a Mitsubishi Type 74 Main Battle Tank for a static display during the opening ceremonies welcoming US Marines as they prepare for a live fire exercise at Ojojihara Maneuvering Training Area, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. In coordination with the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force, 12th Marines from Camp Hansen Okinawa Japan, and 11th Marines India Battery from 29 Palms, California, will conduct live-fire training to sharpen their mission readiness and firing skills with the M198 155mm Medium Towed Howitzer
The original finding aid described this photograph as:
Base: Ojojihara Training Area
Country: Japan (JPN)
Scene Camera Operator: LCPL Chance W. Haworth, Usmc
Release Status: Released to Public
Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files
Tanks in mass culture. Tanks were first developed separately and simultaneously by Great Britain and France as a means to break the deadlock of trench warfare on the Western Front. Their first use in combat was by the British Army in September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. The name "tank" was adopted by the British during the early stages of their development, as a security measure to conceal their purpose.