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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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
setho: Looking for games in or near Vermont
Jun 10, 2020 16:34:26 GMT -5
ajman: I don't think there's gonna be anything in northern New England anytime soon, and as far as I know there hasn't been in a while, but if you're willing to drive to Connecticut there's usually some decent sized battles a couple times a year.
Jun 11, 2020 20:21:22 GMT -5
tootall2: Looking for any fellow ww2aa guys around the Evansville area.
Jul 3, 2020 11:46:06 GMT -5
boz: Happy 4th all, despite pandemic! I'm looking for a boneyard S&T Springfield M1903A3 for a beta test on retro conversion to A1 or Mark 1 (WW1) configuration. Pop me a message if you've a broken S&T (or G&G, or Apple Soft) M1903 you wish to unload.
Jul 5, 2020 14:33:36 GMT -5