theme: japanese tanks


The Japanese “Horned” Flamethrower Tank

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. 


Type 3 Ka-Chi Amphibious Tank

A development of the earlier Japanese Type 2 Ka-Mi amphibious tank, the Type 3 was a larger, stronger replacement for the Type 2. The project was sponsored by the IJN and was meant for IJN usage.

The hull was large and box-like with flat sides. It was of welded construction and waterproofed with rubber seals and gaskets. The sides tapered in where the additional pontoons were mounted. These pontoons were hollow and made of sheet metal. A large curved pontoon made up the vehicle’s “bow”. This was composed of two parts and would split down the center for mounting/dismounting. A smaller pontoon attached at the rear to form the vehicle’s “stern”. At the base of this section, there were 2 rudders.

A feature of this vehicle was the ability to be transported via submarine, even when the submarine was submerged. Certain IJN subs were modified to carry the vehicles. As such, the vehicles had specially constructed hulls to deal with high-pressure found in the depths of the Pacific Ocean.

Type 3 production was extremely limited, with only 19 Type 3 Ka-Chis built between 1943 and 1945. The reason being that, as a Naval project, the vehicle fell to a very low priority with the onset of serious war considerations, construction efforts were instead focused on warship and aircraft production. None of the tanks ever saw combat deployment.


fujisan-ni-noboru-hinode  asked:

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!

I’m playing the new Japanese heavies and they’re all trash so far, to no surprise. Supposedly gets a bit better at tier 6 but everything before that has been absolute garbage

I might not even bother, heck I barely play anymore anyway. Will probably hop back in for the Czech tanks but other than that I might just be basically done with world of tanks at this point

STA-1: Vulture

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.