One tactic they used quite successfully early in the war was for their armies to travel very light and from a logistical perspective count on captured fuel supplies and food. This made them a much more effective fighting force since a dramaticaly larger percentage of their forces were combat arms. I often read accounts questioning why a Japanese smaller sized force was constantly destroying a much larger enemy force. This deliberate reduction by the IJA in support and logistical forces was a key reason.
It's also why Guadalcanal was called starvation island and why the allies could so effectively bi pass their fortified islands. The tactic was completely dependant on extremely fast movement and conquest. Without it it could not support itself. When so many Allies surrendered they literally had no means to feed them. They could barely feed themselves. That is no excuse for their barabism but it does to some degree explain it.
For the typical Japanese soldier the emporer was a God and surrender was unthinkable. For them the bayonet was still a tactic both psychological and actual. Like all armies they preferred to strike a flank or an enemies rear and camouflage, infiltration and deception were practiced art forms. Poorly equipped at the company level and down they did remarkably well with obsolete Infantry weapons.
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Dracul: It looks like it lost a lot of steam and I now feel bad for randomly dropping off.
Jun 15, 2018 14:58:17 GMT -5
stuka: I mean it's not your fault. It is interesting though that things are falling off as we are finally getting our ww2 guns with the type 38/96 and the enfield as well as it recieving a new loading system, it's kind of unfortunate
Jun 16, 2018 3:30:04 GMT -5
Dracul: I don't know, maybe its because all the guns are becoming available, there is a decreasing need for the forums.
Jun 16, 2018 16:29:26 GMT -5
Dracul: Most of the talk was about making guns, as all the uniform info was already out there, but now the weapons are out there and are usually decent quality.
Jun 16, 2018 16:33:32 GMT -5
stuka: well the forum is and should still be useful for updates on guns, creating groups/events and building kits
Jun 18, 2018 1:33:29 GMT -5
Cpl. Hicks: I haven't been here in years, but I'm glad to see this forum is still kicking! So much great info on here.
Jun 22, 2018 14:00:12 GMT -5
savoy6: anyone know if anyone still carries the enfield?
Jul 15, 2018 18:47:08 GMT -5
Dracul: I think Redwolf has a Enfield. If not or not longer, then not until G&G releases theirs. The old gas Iron Airsoft brand SMLE isn't carried by anyone anymore and was such piece of crap. Not worth trying to track one down.
Jul 19, 2018 5:55:35 GMT -5