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Japanese Army Infantry Combat
Blood on the Rising Sun
203 pages; 12 chapters and 2 appendixes
The Japanese Army, as described in Japanese Army Infantry Combat, was composed
of millions of very brave and outstanding soldiers at the tactical level. Japanese soldiers
were very brave and fought to the last man. Their tactics were frequently innovative,
and with the exception of their favored Banzai suicide assaults, workable. Their weapons
were often obsolete or unreliable hindrances to their tactics. However, their
commanders from division on up were frequently incompetent. Japanese generals failed
their soldiers in many ways. The Japanese Army infantry was frequently capable of
compensating for incompetent leadership by Japanese generals, but it wasn’t enough.
They died by the hundreds of thousands. Japanese Army infantry, as it fought at
Chang Fu Keng, Nomohan, on isolated islands, and for the Kwantung Army in Manchuria
covered itself with glory, although the heroes were all buried in mass graves. Japanese
Army Infantry Combat describes many interesting aspects of Japanese Army infantry
tactics that will shock you.
“The most effective weapon that the Japanese Infantry had was the Nambu or similar type light machine gun.
Their latest light machine gun was .303 caliber, but that model did not differ in any essential respect from earlier
Nambu .256 caliber.
The Japanese light machine gun was mobile and reliable. There were one to three light machine guns in each
Japanese infantry squad, and Japanese infantry was able to focus greater firepower along the skirmish line, than
the allied units. The Japanese moved their light machine guns frequently, and never fired repeatedly from the
Often the light machine guns were worked around enemy flanks where the Japanese gunners took positions in
trees. Light machine guns in trees were difficult to locate, for the Japanese were adept at the art of personal
camouflage, and the gun had little muzzle blast.”
Excerpt from Japanese Army Infantry Combat
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