3 months ago
Give this puppy a name!👇
3 months ago
In today's post, we shall be talking about the Japanese Type 95 Ha-Go light tank.
Mass: 7.4 t
Length: 4.38 m
Width: 2.06 m
Height: 2.13 m
Crew: 3 (commander/loader/Gunner, machine-gunner, driver)
Armament: Type 94 37 mm tank gun, 2 × 7.7 mm Type 97 machine gun
Engine: Mitsubishi A6120VDe air-cooled inline 6-cylinder 14.4 L diesel (120 hp)
Operational range:209 kilometers
Speed:45 km/h on road
The Type 95 Ha-Go (九五式軽戦車 ハ号 kyūgo-shiki kei-sensha Ha-Gō) (also known as the Ke-Go) was a light tank used by the Empire of Japan during the Second Sino-Japanese War, at Nomonhan against the Soviet Union, and in the Second World War. It proved sufficient against infantry but, like the American M3 Stuart light tank, was not designed to combat other tanks. Approximately 2,300 were produced, making it the most numerous Japanese armoured fighting vehicle of the Second World War.
The tank was considered one of the best of its type in 1935, being armed with a 37 mm cannon, and powered by a diesel engine, a fuel considered by some to be superior due to its low volatility. As with most armies in the 1930s the tank, and the light tank in particular, were used primarily to support infantry or serve as cavalry reconnaissance. Its speed was about 18 mph cross country, which was comparable to the M3 Stuart's 20 mph nearly 6 years later in 1941. In armor, road speed, and weaponry, the Type 95 was far inferior to the American M3 Stuart light tanks, but the environment of the Philippines largely minimized these disadvantages and allowed the Type 95 to be competitive, as its off-road speed and turret rotation were comparable. Type 95 proved sufficient against opposing infantry in campaigns in Manchuria and China, as the Chinese National Revolutionary Army had only three tank battalions consisting of Vickers export tanks, German PzKpfw I light tanks, and Italian CV33 tankettesto oppose them. However, the Type 95, like the US M3 Stuart, was not designed to fight other tanks, but for infantry support and by 1942 all Japanese tanks including the Type 95 were outclassed.
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3 months ago
A german tanker carries two MG42's, recently taken off 'Jagdtiger' tank destroyers during the surrender of the last parts of the Schwere Panzerjägerabteilung sPzJgAbt 512, April 16th, in the small town of Hemer, near Iserlohn, Germany.
Four days earlier the same unit inflicted heavy casualties to the advancing American forces, the last skirmish in the Ruhr pocket. 4 Jagdtigers, as well as a few StuG's and PzIV's and 3.7cm flak guns annihilated a US-convoy, leaving over 50 vehicles destroyed, as well as 11 Sherman tanks. The Kampfgruppe under command of Hauptmann Albert Ernst had to retreat after American ground attack planes destroyed the flak guns and most of the tanks. Four days later the units last 3 Jagdtigers would surrender, along with crews and soldiers.
There are well-known films captured by US forces of the camoflaged Jagdtigers rolling through the streets towards the market place.
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