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(SGS)Shrapnel

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#1 13 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




Artie Bucco

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#2 13 years ago

have you played the mod?




(SGS)Shrapnel

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#3 13 years ago

No, this was just about Japanese tanks.




Myrddraal

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#4 13 years ago

and you posted the exact same thing in the suggestions forum. why?




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#5 13 years ago

God knows, but it was an awesome read. Next time I see my M4A1 Sherman lined up on the beaches of some God forsaken beach in the Pacific, I will be thankful.

Thanks for the read Shrapnel.




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#6 13 years ago

No!

You cannot have the same topic in the General duscussion and Suggestions.

Now go play in the suggestion forum.

Shoo!!!