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Japanese Armored Operations - Japanese Army in World War II
Japanese Armored Operations
Imperial Japanese Army Mobile Combat
© 2007
225 pages; 21 chapters and 5 appendixes
Japanese Armored Operations describes Japanese armored
organizations and tactics in World War II.
The Japanese never seemed to
really understand either how to organize and deploy tanks, or how to
manufacture tanks capable of standing up to their enemies, except the
Chinese. The
Japanese Army’s armored units were organized and
equipped to fight Chinese troops and they did well against them. However,
every place else throughout the Pacific, Japanese tanks and tactics were
found wanting.
Japanese tanks and tank unit organization throughout
the Pacific are described in
Japanese Armored Operations. Other
aspects of Japanese are also discussed, For example, the
Japanese use of
bicycle troops, horse cavalry and Flying Columns against the Chinese
is described in detail.
Flying columns and their importance to mobile
have been studiously ignored by the US Army and other western
armies for the past ninety years. In that respect, the
Japanese armored
forces flying columns were superior in maneuver
to American, British,
Canadian and Polish tank units. In fact, the predilections of the Japanese for
light tanks, lightly armed and lightly armored was the
greatest failing of
Japanese mobility
. It's all explained in Japanese Armored Operations.
Review Table of Contents
“Fast-moving horse cavalry units are: "... able to march 35 miles per day at the rate of 6 to 6.5 miles per hour for six days
a week as long as the situation requires...With men and animals in good physical condition...these elements can maintain
march rates of 4 miles per hour for the walk and lead and 9 miles per hour for the trot for marches of normal length. Halt
periods of 5 minutes per hour subsequent to the first hour are sufficient for the care of men and animals.” On the march,
cavalry should be able to cover thirty-five miles in an eight-hour day."

"In an exhaustive study of armored and cavalry operations dating from the American Civil War through the October 1973
Middle East War, it was revealed that the average daily speed of every armored operation was surprisingly slow. "None of
these example of armored force advances produced an average speed of more than 2 miles per hour." US Army Captain
Thomas Smith, in 1990, found that raiding horse cavalry moved faster than any other type of ground maneuver unit.”
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