World War II Japanese Tank Tactics

World War II Japanese Tank Tactics

Elite 169
  • Author: Akira Takizawa, Gordon L. Rottman
  • Illustrator: Peter Dennis
  • Short code: ELI 169
  • Publication Date: 10 Oct 2008
  • Number of Pages: 64
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ALSO AVAILABLE AS AN E-BOOK.? In this book, expert author and tactician Gordon L Rottman provides the first English-language study of Japanese Army and Navy tank units, their tactics and how they were deployed in action. The Japanese army made extensive use of its tanks in the campaigns in China in the 1930s, and it was in these early successes that the Japanese began to develop their own unique style of tank tactics. From the steam-rolling success of the Japanese as they invaded Manchuria until the eventual Japanese defeat, Rottman provides a battle history of the Japanese tank units as they faced the Chinese, the Russians, the British and the Americans.

Biographical Note

Gordon L. Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, volunteered for Special Forces and completed training as a weapons specialist. He served in the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam in 1969-70 and subsequently in airborne infantry, long-range patrol and intelligence assignments until retiring after 26 years. He was a special operations forces scenario writer at the Joint Readiness Training Center for 12 years and is now a freelance writer, living in Texas. Akira Takizawa was born in Japan in 1954 and studied history at the Tokyo University. He worked as a computer programmer developing PC wargames. Now, devoted to the study on the Imperial Japanese Army he maintains the IJA website ( A member of Japanese Tank Research Group, "j-tank,” he lives in Tokyo with his wife.


INTRODUCTION: 1st Independent Mixed Brigade, 1934 - Armored Forces, 1941
UNIT ORGANIZATION: The tank regiment - reconnaissance units - groups and divisions - other tank units
DOCTRINE: From infantry support to spearheading assaults - dispersal
Attack - firing methods - night attack - antitank tactics - defense; Formations: movement - the company and platoon - the regiment and division
TANK TROOPS: Selection and basic training - tank schools
BATTLE HISTORY: Shanghai 1932 - China 1937-38 - China 1944; Malaya 1941-42; Burma 1942 - Imphal 1944; Netherlands East Indies 1942; Pacific Islands: Guadalcanal 1942 - Saipan 1944 - Luzon 1945; Manchuria 1945

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