Type 4 Ke-Nu Light Tank
There is a captured WW2 Japanese Imperial Army Type 4 Ke-Nu light tank at the Russian Tank Museum in Kubinka. The tank's full name is Type 4 Yon-shiki keisensha Ke-Nu. There are only two surviving examples left in the world of the Type 4 Ke-Nu Light Tank. Both are in Russia.
Type 4 Ke-Nu Japanese WW2 light tank at the Russian Tank Museum in Kubinka
Take the train from Moscow's Belorusskaya Railway Station, in the north west of the city, to Kubinka. It is about an hours train journey. It is a direct service, no need to change, and the the tickets are cheap. Make sure you print off a list of station names so you can check off where you are and get ready to get off the train at Kubinka. The station names are not always easy to read or see.
Although this military town has been active for over 80 years it has a rundown look to it. You can walk to the museum but there is the equivalent of a motorway crossing your route. There are no pedestrian crossings over it. There are a number of taxi stands near the station. They are very cheap and honest. I tried to give the driver a big tip but he refused. Ask for his card so you can ask the Museum gate staff to call his company when you are finished at the Museum to get back to the railway station.
Type 4 Ke-Nu Japanese WW2 light tank painted green
The Type 4 Ke-Nu light tank only weighed 8.4 tons. Its armour thickness ranged from 6 mm to 25 mm. It had a three man crew: commander, driver, gunner. It was armed with a low velocity short barrelled 57mm anti-tank gun and a 7.7 mm hull mounted machine gun. The tank was powered by a Mitsubishi A6120VDe air-cooled inline 6 cylinder diesel engine that produced 120 hp. It had a top road speed of 40 km (25mph) and an operational range of 240 km (149 miles). Only 100 Type 4 Ke-Nu light tanks were produced.
The Type 4 Ke-Nu light tank was armed with a low velocity short barrelled 57mm anti-tank gun and a 7.7 mm hull mounted machine gun.
Where can I find preserved Type 4 Ke-Nu light Tanks?
- Tank Museum in Kubinka, Russia
- Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945, Moscow, Russia