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Japanese Army Snipers, World War II
Japanese Army Snipers
Imperial Japanese Army Snipers, World War II
© 2008
163 pages; 18 chapters and 4 appendixes
Imagine the fear when the jungle heat is broken by the crack, crack, crack of
Japanese snipers firing a fusillade. At first, they cannot be located
because they are using smokeless power, and they have probably changed
position. If they don’t fire again immediately, the death and suffering they
leave behind will be the only evidence of their presence.
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Japanese Army snipers because
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. The training, equipment, camouflage, and tactics of Japanese
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Review Table of Contents
“The Japanese also made extensive use of snipers in their assaults on Allied armor. The snipers were employed to
break up the infantry-tank attack in the early stages by sniping at tank commanders or by attempting to separate
the tanks from their supporting infantry.
Japanese infantry squads frequently attacked enemy tanks with picks and crowbars. Smoke grenades or candles
were used, along with snipers, in an effort to blind the tank crew, to force them out of the tank, or to separate the
tank from its infantry support,
The concept of the Japanese fighting team formation was developed about 1936 when the new organization, which
equipped each infantry squad with a light machine gun, was conceived and adopted. A team method, designed to
seize enemy positions by infiltration, was developed by Lieutenant General Ishihara, Kanji, commanding general of
the 16th Infantry Division. As one of the principal features of this tactic, an infantry squad was divided into a support
team (two or three soldiers with a light machine gun), a sniper team (two or three good marksmen) and two assault
teams (about three men to each team). Assault teams approached enemy pillboxes by crawling and attacked it from
its side or rear, under the covering fire of the support and sniper teams. The basic consideration underlying this
tactic was the belief that a Russian pillbox could be captured by an assault conducted by three to seven men
instead of requiring the entire infantry squad, previously considered necessary.”
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