Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Type 95 Ha-Gō (九五式軽戦車 ハ号 Kyugoshiki keisensha Ha-Gō)

The Type 95 Ha-Gō proved moderately successful during the early campaigns of late 1941 and early 1942, when Japanese forces overran British Malaya and seized the fortress city of Singapore. One key to the Japanese success in Malaya was the unexpected presence of their tanks in areas where the British did not believe tanks could be used. The wet jungle terrain did not turn out to be an obstacle twelve Type 95s took part in the attack which broke the Jitra line on 11 December 1941.

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