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Japanese Tank Hunting Tactics
Japanese Individual Tank Killing
160 pages; 17 chapters
Japanese Tank Hunting Tactics is an e-book that describes all the various
methods that the Imperial Japanese Army used to destroy allied tanks during
World War II. Most of those Japanese tank hunting tactics were noting more
than individual or infantry small unit attacks on allied tanks with explosives and
grenades. It is ironic that both the Japanese and German Armies did not develop
any weapons that enabled their naked infantry to take on enemy tanks until late in
the war. Japanese Tank Hunting Tactics describes the many tactics that the
Japanese tried to use against allied tanks in addition to their poor performing
lightweight antitank guns. Many of the Japanese tactics were, of course, suicidal.
“Japanese antitank methods include considerable individual action by Japanese soldiers in frequently suicidal missions.
In one instance, a Japanese soldier dug a well-camouflaged foxhole among the weeds just off the shoulder of a road
barely two traffic lanes wide. A tape-measure mine was tied to the end of a 5-foot bamboo pole. Lying in the protection of
the foxhole, the soldier waited for a chance to push the mine under the tracks of any Allied tank using the road.
Another one-man attack method used the lunge mine, which consisted of an armor-piercing charge placed on the end of
a pole. The attacker waited in hiding and lunged at the first tank to draw near with his mine and pole held in much the
same manner as a rifle with fixed bayonet. The mine exploded on contact.
A demolition charge, manually attached to an Allied tank and hand-detonated, was another suicide weapon employed by
the Japanese. Filled with 10 1/2 pounds of picric acid, a wooden box about 8 to 10 inches square was mounted on a
wooden base and slung over the back of the soldier. The outside perimeter of the box was fringed with hooks by which
the tank raider hung the demolition charge on the turret or any other part of the Allied tank. A Type 91 or 97 hand
grenade was used as a detonator. After the box was attached to the tank, the fuse head of the grenade was rapped
sharply by the tank hunter; an explosion resulted immediately.”
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