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August 30 2015 at 9:47 AM
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Yes, that's the one, the Mark it was not a Rheinmetall design then?

About the estimate of 36-40 landing guns possibly bought by the Dutch: I noted the Aussie link (the writer of which having done some homework) mentions "the whole lot"possibly been bought by the NL. Since the original lot was 50 and you counted 10-12 in the Far East garrisons (later narrowed down to 10) that left almost 40 in US depots (give and take a few lost in accidents in the preceding 20 years or so). So possibly a substantial order together with ammo....

Meanwhile I found one reference to these guns (well, possibly). In a document of mid 1940 (Summary of Material to be purchased by the Netherlands East Indies Government in the USA, which was attached to a letter from the NPC to the procurement division of the US Treasury Dept. seeking permission for or release of various armaments) the following is listed under point "K":

"15 - 3 inch guns with 15 limbers, 36.000 high explosive shells and 6.000 shrapnels."

This reference cannot be found in later summaries of the same nature, where the need for KNIL artillery is now specified as 32 pieces 105mm howitzers.

Assuming point K indeed refers to the US Marines' landing guns it took a long time to "receive" them, in fact two years. These weapons do not feature on a list of Dutch weapons en route to the NEI and diverted to Australian or US forces in the Pacific after March 1942. It maybe that as things were heating up the weapons were released after all to KNIL and sent asap to Java, like a lot of other stuff. They could have been 15 pieces or more, if the emergency situation caused the US govt to raise the numbers...

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