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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2019 8:48 p.m. PST

"Most people don't consider Japan as a Land Power in the Second World War but they fielded massive armies on the Asian continent from 1931 until the end of hostilities. Although not a blitzkrieg type of force they had a large number of tanks and other AFVs…."
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Legion 430 Jan 2019 7:44 a.m. PST

A large number is relative. But again most were not really that effective generally against other Allied AFVs. By the time WWII started they were outclassed. There is a reason the M4 Sherman was called the Panther of the Pacific.

And even the UK/Commonwealth in India was still using M3 Grant/Lees in '44-'45. It was more than a match for anything the IJFs deployed.


The US Army also used them briefly in the PTO in '43 …

chironex31 Jan 2019 5:12 a.m. PST

We could have put the Sentinel into production and it would have served the purpose against Japanese tanks.
Check out the Tank Museums' Tank Chats series on Youtube.
Some of the vehicles in question would be penetrated by rifle fire.

Anton Ryzbak31 Jan 2019 7:13 a.m. PST

The fight at Nomonhan came as a real surprise to the Japanese, they had been beating up poorly trained and equipped Chinese troops up until then. One would think that after that encounter they would have had their eyes opened.


But they spent time and energy (and precious material) completing obsolescent battleships instead of building more carriers and better tanks. The dumbest part is that they held all the decent tanks on the home islands for one final stand.

Legion 431 Jan 2019 8:30 a.m. PST

Both the Japanese & Russians learned some lessons at Khaklin Gol. Seems the Russians learned more …

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