Type 61 Tank

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Type 61 Tank
The Type 61 Tank
Height 2.49 meters[1]
Length 8.19 meters[1]
Targets Godzilla
King Ghidorah
King Kong
Mechagodzilla 2
Piloted by Multiple

The Type 61 Tank was a Japanese battle tank developed and built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. It appears in the 1964 Godzilla film, Mothra vs. Godzilla and several other kaiju films from the Showa series.

History[edit | edit source]

Showa era[edit | edit source]

Mothra vs. Godzilla[edit | edit source]

Five Type 61 tanks shelled Godzilla from a distance as he approached the incubator holding Mothra's egg. Despite a number of direct hits, he ignored them and continued his march.

After Godzilla killed the adult Mothra, the tanks participated in both JSDF operations to drive Godzilla towards Artificial Lightning Generators. After the failure of the second electrical attack, he turned his atomic ray on them, setting five ablaze.

Frankenstein vs. Baragon[edit | edit source]

One of the Type 61 tanks sent by the JSDF to hunt for Frankenstein blunders into a pitfall trap the monster prepared for a wild boar.

Gamera vs. Barugon[edit | edit source]

To be added

Invasion of Astro-Monster[edit | edit source]

The tanks engaged Godzilla, Rodan, and King Ghidorah when the Xiliens unleashed the three kaiju on Japan. Later, they shelled the Xiliens' base of operations of Earth.

The War of the Gargantuas[edit | edit source]

The tanks appeared to attack Sanda and Gaira.

Gappa[edit | edit source]

To be added.

King Kong Escapes[edit | edit source]

The JSDF deployed Type 61 tanks when King Kong arrived in Tokyo, though they did not fire on him or Mechani-kong.

Godzilla vs. Gigan[edit | edit source]

Type 61 tanks participated in a large JSDF ground assault on Gigan and King Ghidorah in the streets of Tokyo. King Ghidorah destroyed two of them with his gravity beams.

Godzilla vs. Megalon[edit | edit source]

Megalon faced a massive JSDF ground force in the Japanese countryside, including Type 61 tanks. He destroyed three of them with his horn lightning.

Terror of Mechagodzilla[edit | edit source]

Type 61 tanks shelled Titanosaurus during the monster's first attack on Tokyo.

Video games[edit | edit source]

Weapons[edit | edit source]

  • Armed with a 90mm L/52 rifled cannon
  • Equipped with 12.7mm M2 Browning machine gun and a 7.62mm Browning M1919A4
  • Able to move at 45 kilometers an hour

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Coincidentally, real-world production of the Type 61 Tank ceased in 1975, the same year it made its final appearance in a Godzilla film.
  • Every shot of King Ghidorah setting a tank on fire in Godzilla vs. Gigan, or Megalon doing the same in Godzilla vs. Megalon, is stock footage from Mothra vs. Godzilla, with the addition of optical effects for their energy attacks.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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