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(SGS)Shrapnel

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#1 12 years ago

Before the war, the Japanese had made great advances in diesel engines, which worked better in cold weather and were less prone to catching fire, Most Japanese tanks were armed with 37mm medium velocity guns, more effective as anti-personel than the guns of similair calibre found on other nations tanks, However while Alied and German armoured units began the war with mainly 37mm guns and ended it with 88-152, Japan fielded nothing better than a 57mm gun by 1945 and then only in small qualities. Japanese tanks did terrorize the populace in places such as Manchuria and patrolled jungle roads in Burma and the Phillipines, but were never effective against Allied armour in any Pacific invasion. Only one tank per 4 tank platoon was equipped with a radio, and if that was knocked out, the platoon tended to collapse into confusion. When the Soviet Union declared war on Japan in August 18945m it's T-34's destroyed what little opposition the Japanese tank division could mount with their 37-57mm guns and light armour. The only Japanese tanks were the Type 95 Ha-Go (Kyugo) and the Type 97 Chi-Ha. Both were fantastically bad. Type 95: The minimum 6mm on the type 95 could be defeated by light weapons, and in one case a 0.303 bullet strike. M4 Shermans frequently blew holes right threw them . It had intakes vulnerable to petrol bombs and the turret could be jammed b a knife blade. The one man turret only had a total traverse of 45 degrees. The rear facing machine gun was meant to cover the aft hemisphere, but even then there were large gaps in the field of vision. Vision was very poor despit numerous open slits, which increased crew vulnerability , not being made of glass block. 1 hull mounted machine gun, one 37 mm cannon and one machine gun firing diagonlay out of the rear of the turret. Did have a speed of 28 mph though. http://www3.plala.or.jp/takihome/Ha-Go(d).JPG Type 97: A medium tank by Japanese standards,the type 97, or Chi-HA, was the replacement for the obsolete Type 89. It was evaluated alongside the 3 man Chi-Ni designed by the Army General Staff, and afetr some debate over the virtues of lighter, cheaper tanks versus heavier, costlier ones the larger 4 man Chi-Ha was chosen for production. BEtween 1937 and 1940 about 300 were built, mainly by Mitsubishi. it was essentialy a scaled up light tank Type 95 with a two man turret offsety to the right side. The driver and bow machine gunner sat in the forward hull and at the rear was the engine with was diesel powered, the best choice for AFV engines. a successful development was the Shinhoto('modified turret')Chi-Ha which had the turret of the Type 1 medium tank and a 47mm high velocity gun. This more effective version was produced until the wars end along with specialist versions such as bridgelayers , mine flail tanks and command tanks. It was mainly used in the infantry support role and so was issued with HE shells it could carry 100 roundy of those and 2475 rounds of machine gun ammo. It also had a rear facing machine gun pointing directly rear wards from the mai turret. Mainly 25mm armour, thickest was 33mm steel on the vertical parts of the turret. Top speed 25mph. http://www3.plala.or.jp/takihome/T97Kai(D).JPG




emonkies

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#2 12 years ago

Both of these tanks are currently in game.

Ok the Chi-Ha is a Shinhoto Chi-Ha, but a Chi-Ha is represented. :salute:




jumjum

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#3 12 years ago

Not to be a nag but: 1. What is this point of this post? 2. If its just to share some info, I'm sorry, but everything you've gone to the trouble to post is fairly familiar to anyone here who would care to read anything about Japanese tanks. 3. Finally, this embarrassment could have been avoided if (what, class? what is it we should always do first?)...you had bothered to read a little of the forum and do some searches (if you were truly interested). Not to knock you being new, we all were. But it's a good policy to search and read FAQs first, post later.




Unky Joe

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#4 12 years ago

you just copied all this info out of the "tanks and armoured fighting vehilces of ww2" book word for word. and you say that the only japanese tanks were the type95 and type 97, thats wrong. the japs hads heaps of different tanks and tankettes




Suckyshot

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#5 12 years ago

I believe we've seen this EXACT post about two times before now, whatever your copying and pasting from, is obviously pretty common knowledge. Yes, Japanese "armor" was worthless crap, I'm sure the devs are going to reflect this in FH2, especially now that the BAR is going to have AP ammo:naughty:




Nederbörd

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#6 12 years ago

Didn't the Japanese have ANYTHING to counter Soviet tanks?




Tas

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#7 12 years ago
NederbördDidn't the Japanese have ANYTHING to counter Soviet tanks?

probably just infantry weapons like sticky bombs.




McGibs

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#8 12 years ago
NederbördDidn't the Japanese have ANYTHING to counter Soviet tanks?

same thing they use to counter everything else.

cannon fodder.




striderx2048

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#9 12 years ago

divine wind