Tuesday, January 9, 2018

WW2 Japanese Tanks

Although the Imperial Japanese Army fielded satisfactory medium tanks during World War II, about 80% of armored vehicles production in Japan consisted of light tanks and tankettes, whose total number rose to approximately 18,000 until 1945. Like the Italian, all the Japanese tank turrets and hulls were not cast in one piece, but they were built with riveted steel plates. Some of them were mechanically reliable military vehicles. However, they were lightly protected, with thin-skinned armor plates, and fitted with underpowered guns.

Japanese tanks first saw combat action in the second half of the 1930s, in China, during the Sino-Japanese War. Although they performed well, fighting against the poorly-armed and badly equipped Chinese Army, they were no match for the superior Allied tanks, especially the Sherman M4, which they met in the battlefields of the Pacific Theater of operations of World War II. They were easily destroyed also by the Bazooka and anti-tank guns used by the US Army Infantry and Marines.

List of WW2 Japanese tanks

-Type 4 Ke-Nu: an 8.4-ton light tank, armed with a 57mm gun and a 7.7 mm machine gun.
-Type 5 Ke-HO: a 10-ton model that featured a 37mm gun.
-Type 95 Ha-Go
-Type 97 Te-Ke: a 5.2-ton tank, fitted with a 37mm gun.
-Type 98-A Ke-Ni: it was a 7.2-ton light tank also armed with a 37mm gun
-Type 3 Chi-Nu: a 12.5-ton tank, fitted with a 75mm gun.
-Type 2 Ho-I
-Type 4 Chi-To: a 30-ton medium tank

A Type 4 Ke-Nu tank

Type 97 Te-Ke