Japanese Tanks 1939-45 (New Vanguard) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2007/8/21
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Contrary to popular belief, the Japanese Army widely employed tanks within the Pacific theater of war. This title details their key role in the conquests of Singapore and Malaya, as well as their later use in Burma, Saipan, and the Philippines, including in the amphibious assault of Corregidor. Tank development succeeded against the odds, with the programme often neglected to pursue the higher priority of warship development. Their use in the most difficult of terrain is a testament to their ingenuity.
Steven J Zaloga's book offers a rare insight into a largely overlooked subject and is rich with photographs and artwork, providing a wonderful resource for the construction and design of these fascinating tanks.
"Japanese tanks are much maligned as under-protected and under-gunned. While this may be true after early 1942, Japanese tank technology was actually in the forefront in the 1930s ... This book has separate sections on six different tanks with photos of each vehicle ... A separate chapter discusses WWII development and deployment of tanks and the final chapter has several different sections detailing Japanese armor use in eight different theaters of the Pacific War ... This is a great book ... [and] a must for anyone interested in the Pacific War." -Michael Koznarsky, Historical Miniature Gamer (Issue 11)
"The content is, as you would expect from Steven Zaloga, well written and easy to follow...Useful single-volume summary with colour notes and plates. Wide range of photographic coverage. Best viewed as a single-volume primer and source for further reading in-depth. Worthwhile colour illustrations." -David Maynard, Armorama (February 2008)
"Author Steven J. Zaloga is widely acknowledged as one of the foremost authorities on armor and has put his expertise to use in this book. Each type of tank is detailed along with modifications and variants... it is a book that I can most higholy recommend to the enthusiast and modeler alike." -Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (August 2007)
This book covers that main tanks designs and application of armor tactics from the early Renault Otsu, Type 89 I-go, Type 94 tankette, to the Type 95 Ha-Go, the type 97 Chi-Ha and the Chi-Nu. The artwork is wonderful and the information very complete for a book of this size. This is a must have for military history enthusiasts, World of Tanks players and any wargamer. Thank you Mr. Zaloga.
by Steven J. Zaloga
This small but mighty work by Mr. Zaloga, an historian, and illustrated by British artist Peter Bull has all the virtues of the Osprey series. It has only 48 pages but like the best of the Osprey volumes it stays rigorously focused on the topic.
Japan in 1939 had one of the largest tank parks in the world. Most of it however overflowed with tiny tankettes which turned out to have a quite limited utility in battle. Their main battle tank had a weak major weapon. All Japanese tanks in the early years suffered from a too small turret, suitable for only a single soldier, which turned out to be too great a burden, too many tasks for one man to accomplish.
I needed a reference work for a project I'm working on and this book filled the bill. It would be good for modelers as well as the drawings are colorful and correct showing the vehicles in their full colors.
Given that this is strictly an electronic rendering of a short printed profile, their lack here is perfectly reasonable, especially at the price. But the publishers might consider enhanced digital versions with - at the very least - tabular specification data which takes next to no space or editorial effort in digital form. Licensing the Bradford drawings might also be cost-effective: they're already digitized.