When this vehicle was found abandoned in northern Luzon US Marines wondered if they had to fight it would they have needed a bazooka or red cape.
Inspection showed this the hull of this Japanese full-tracked, armored vehicle was constructed in 1939, but that the interior parts, such as the flame-throwing equipment and the motor, were built in 1940 and 1941.
With an over-all length of 19 ½ feet, and width of 7 feet, the vehicle was approximately 5 feet high. This low silhouette was broken only by a small “conning tower” which rose about 5 inches above the otherwise completely flat top. Perhaps the most outstanding feature, which was found on some of the vehicles, is a horn-like fork arranged over the tracks on each side of the tank front. These forks, gave the tank a weird and distinct appearance and were presumably intended for uprooting mines or tearing down barbed wire in advance of the tank.
The armament examined was not particularly formidable, consisting of two Type 97 7.7-mm tank machine guns in addition to the flame-throwing apparatus.
Every tank fan boy can nit pick facts and evidence to support their argument, and you’re always going to get one shit bird who will wave their willy screeching about how “good” their respective tank is and personally attack other people for having a different opinion than theirs.
I think though, everyone can come to the consensus that WWII Japanese tanks were, and always will be, complete shit.
Do you think we have the possibility of a Japanese tank tree after the British? It would only be fair.
There is a very high chance of them being implemented, just it’s going to take time for them to be created and functional ingame. One of the biggest issues currently is finding Tier 4-5 tanks as there are very few vehicles which would fit here due to Japan not focusing on tanks in the same way the Russians, Germans, Americans or British did!
In my continued grind on this tank (and after quite a few more battles since my last rant on it), I feel like I’ve started to figure out what this tank is good at.
It’s a vulture.
The answer should have been more obvious to me, as this is how the other Japanese medium tanks play—in particular the Chi-To back at tier 6. They are battlefield cleaners; well suited to quickly laying down DPM on unsuspecting targets of opportunity from the 2nd or 3rd line. The STA-1 in particular is exceptionally capable at rapidly acquiring new targets and engaging them as they appear, with its quick traverse speeds and very low on-the-move gun dispersion.
I came in expecting a medium tank to fit in with the rest of them, but this tank’s play style is nothing like most mediums. Everything I pointed out about the tank in my previous rant still stands;
It’s not accurate enough to be a long-range sniper. It needs to keep relatively close to the front lines.
It doesn’t have enough armor to be a front-line unit. It needs to stay out of the line of fire as much as possible.
It’s not fast enough to be a flanker. It demands that you consider any flanking actions carefully, as when caught out the STA-1 is incapable of getting you out of trouble.
But what it is good at is laying down the punishment when the enemy is busy fighting the rest of your team. And in essence, this is why I’m still not a huge fan of it; it requires very careful and cautious gameplay to keep alive, and does not have the armor or the speed to get you out of bad situations when you’re in over your head.
As it is so fragile and vulnerable, every single one-on-one fight you get into needs to be meticulously planned for in advance. You can’t take many risks with this tank, and that’s what it really boils down to for me. I’m an aggressive player who is eager to get stuck in and cause chaos, either being the center of enemy tanks’ attention or forcing them to choose between dealing with me (thus weakening their line) or allowing me to wreck havoc behind lines. The STA-1 doesn’t do that; it can’t afford to, given the lack of high speed or armor. It needs to stick with teammates and give them supporting fire.
And that’s fine, but it’s not for me. Either way, I think I will be unlocking the Type 61 at least, though I’m not sure when I’ll end up buying it; it may be a long while from now as it goes onto the back burner. I’m hoping to find the tier 9 and 10 Japanese tanks a little more forgiving in the ability to take risks. Especially as they’re so damn good looking.