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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP28 Sep 2021 8:04 p.m. PST

"For many years the Japanese Army enjoyed great success with their invasions of China and various Asian states, and so were mostly doing the attacking. From the middle of 1942 however, as the Western Allies began to recover from their early losses and counterattack, the IJA was almost always on the defensive, attempting to hold the limits of their new empire. Their long supply lines were very vulnerable to Western naval action, and many remote Japanese garrisons had to defend their position with scant resources. The only answer the Japanese command had to their plight was to claim that Japanese fighting spirit and tenacity would see them through history would prove them wrong.

As with most sets of Japanese infantry made in this hobby, the figures here are aimed primarily at the war in the Pacific as they wear tropical uniform dating from the late 1930s and 1940s. One man and the officer wear the field cap with sun shield, but the rest wear either a helmet or a sun hat it is hard to tell which in some cases. Many also have the field cap underneath this, as was common. The majority are in shirt sleeve order, wearing the tropical uniform without the tunic, though a few do wear this item too. Apart from the officer's long boots, everyone wears puttees and short boots, and so represent a common look for these troops, though sometimes such men could be much more ragged after a lengthy spell in the field…"

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