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WW2 Japanese Tanks

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 5/28/2014

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

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There are a total of 12 WW2 Japanese Tanks in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




1941
Type 1 Chi-He
In the 1930s, the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) introduced the Type 97 Chi-Ha series of medium-class infantry support tanks to...
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 development of "super heavy tank...
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 tank into an amphibious v...
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 Campaign, the Imperial Japa...
Thumbnail picture of the Type 3 Chi-Nu

1945
Type 4 Chi-To
While the Imperial Japanese Army enjoyed a tremendous period of success through the opening phases of the war across Asia and...
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 becoming unrealized medium ta...
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 consistently bred military-...
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 local tankette product - t...
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) during World War 2. She wa...
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1937
Type 97 Chi-Ha
The Type 97 Chi-Ha was a production of the Mitsubishi company and designed to replace the aging Type 89B series for the Imper...
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1942
Type 97 Shinhoto Chi-Ha
Regarded by many as the best quantitative Japanese tank fielded during all of World War 2, the Type 97 Shinhoto Chi-Ha was ac...
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 was simply outmatched agai...
Thumbnail picture of the Type 97 Te-Ke