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I was given this item about 25 years ago along with an inert Japanese grenade. I assume they are related. It is empty ans one end unscrews to reveal an empty tube. It is about the size of a chapstick or roll of breath mints. Someone told me the writing says “danger- do not touch!” I’ve gone through every book on Japanese militaria and weapons to no avail. Gun show people with extensive Japanese knowledge also no avail. Anyone know what it is?
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So, next question. Is this some sort of mortar fired cluster bomb? What was its purpose? I think I saw something saying it was an anti aircraft weapon. What was the purpose of the submunitions? Thanks for educating me.
 

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Orion, good item. If you part with it please keep me in mind!
 

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From the diagram in Orion's post, it appears that the submunitions are ejected from the cannister when the main parachute deploys.
They would then fall to earth being slowed and separated by their own mini parachutes.
What is unclear to me is how they would be armed and detonated.
Is that information in the script that describes each stage?
We're they fused by a time delay burning fuse or what?

Might be a useful type of ammo to have if facing a "human wave" type of assault.
 

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It was intended to be fired in the path of low flying aircraft. Designers would know the flight time from firing that would produce the correct estimated altitude. All you need is a timed powder train. Like 4th of July mortar shells.

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Thank You
Must have taken some stones, though, to continue to man these mortars in the path of "low flying aircraft".
It was my general experience that "low flying aircraft" typically did not have the best of intentions for those on the ground!
 

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"especially useful against low-flying airplanes." I'd like to see some citations on that. I would think the aiming and timing would be difficult, to put it mildly.
 
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