Military Factory

World War 2 Japanese Army Tanks (1939-1945)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 12/15/2015

Unlike its navy and air force, Japanese armor prowess lacked behind that of the world during World War 2.





There are a total of (14) World War 2 Japanese Tanks (1939-1945) in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin. This listing also includes captured enemy systems placed back into service.




1941
M3 Gun Motor Carriage (75mm)
After considering the German strategy used in its conquer of the Low Countries and France during the... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the M3 Gun Motor Carriage (75mm)

1941
Type 1 Chi-He
In the 1930s, the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) introduced the Type 97 Chi-Ha series of medium-class ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Type 1 Chi-He

1945
Type 120 O-I
The Germans, Soviets, British and Americans were not the only ones seriously considering the develop... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Type 120 O-I

1942
Type 2 Ka-Mi
Development of the Type 2 began in 1928 and was the Army's attempt to turn the Type 95 Kyu-Go light ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Type 2 Ka-Mi

1944
Type 3 Chi-Nu
Realizing their tank force was largely inadequate in dealing with Allied armor across the Pacific Ca... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Type 3 Chi-Nu

1943
Type 3 Ka-Chi
The island-hopping campaigns for Imperial Japan during World War (1939-1945) dictated the type of mi... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Type 3 Ka-Chi

1945
Type 4 Chi-To
While the Imperial Japanese Army enjoyed a tremendous period of success through the opening phases o... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Type 4 Chi-To

1945
Type 5 Chi-Ri
The Type 5 "Chi-Ri" was a further evolution of the preceding Type 4 "Chi-To" development - both beco... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Type 5 Chi-Ri

1931
Type 89 Chi-Ro
The Empire of Japan went through a period of militarization following the end of World War 1. She co... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Type 89 Chi-Ro

1932
Type 92 Jyu-Sokosha
Exposure to foreign "tankette" types led the Empire of Japan in design and production of its first l... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Type 92 Jyu-Sokosha

1936
Type 95 Ha-Go (Ke-Go / Kyu-Go)
The Type 95 "Ha-Go" was a light tank design primarily utilized by the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) d... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Type 95 Ha-Go (Ke-Go / Kyu-Go)

1937
Type 97 Chi-Ha
The Type 97 Chi-Ha was a production of the Mitsubishi company and designed to replace the aging Type... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Type 97 Chi-Ha

1942
Type 97 Shinhoto Chi-Ha
Regarded by many as the best quantitative Japanese tank fielded during all of World War 2, the Type ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Type 97 Shinhoto Chi-Ha

1937
Type 97 Te-Ke
Developed from an early Imperial Japanese Army request for a light tank in 1937, the Type 97 Te-Ke w... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Type 97 Te-Ke