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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP28 Nov 2022 8:59 p.m. PST

…in Crossfire

"Japanese Tank Hunter Teams in Crossfire
A few weeks ago I did some research on "Human bullet" assaults (nikuhaku kōgeki) Japanese Suicide Anti-tank Teams. Now I have to decide how to simulate them in Crossfire. There are two parts to that: game effect of "Human bullet" assaults (nikuhaku kōgeki) and the organisation of Japanese Suicide Anti-tank Teams…."

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Buck21529 Nov 2022 12:23 p.m. PST

Must not be very many attendees at their veterans reunions, huh?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Nov 2022 4:05 p.m. PST

Dude…! (smile)


Blutarski09 Dec 2022 11:00 a.m. PST

USMC tankers welded nails onto their turrets and around crew hatches to discourage swarm attacks by Japanese anti-tank teams. Tactics were also developed for tanks to operate in groups so that a tank under such a swarm attack could call upon nearby team mates to "dust it off" with 30cal MG fire.

One tactic I don't think the US was able to easily counter was the Japanese soldier sitting in a covered spider hole with a fuzed 250lb bomb between his knees and a hammer in hand, waiting for a tank to roll over his hole.

Say what you will, but they were a brave and motivated enemy.


uglyfatbloke09 Dec 2022 12:46 p.m. PST

I was not aware of the nails – maybe a bit if challenge to replicate in 28mm? Anybody have any thoughts about how common the 'big bomb in a hole' thing was? I can't imagine many tanks were lost to that.

Blutarski09 Dec 2022 6:28 p.m. PST

The Japanese were also known to use aerial bombs, even depth charges, buried and fuzed as giant antitank mines. No idea re the frequency with which these sorts of devices were encountered.


Blutarski09 Dec 2022 6:51 p.m. PST

You are in luck, big time.

Go here link

Find and click on the following document title:
"Japanese antitank warfare, "know your enemy".

A new screen, showing the document title page, will appear on your computer. Look in the upper RH corner of your screen for a blue button with a vertically downward-pointing arrow and click on it.

The entire document will download to your computer as a PDF when you press the a/m button.

This document provides more than you would probably ever want to know on the subject.

Happy Xmas,


uglyfatbloke10 Dec 2022 3:04 p.m. PST

Oh wow……Xmas reading on a grand scale!
VERY much obliged

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