Japanese ground and air forces by United States. War Dept. General Staff

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One boat clocked at 15 knots. |~ < TYPE "E" LANDING BOAT The airplane-type propeller drives this boat over shallow and weed-infested waters without the usual danger of fouling the propeller. _-. 10 5 10 15 20 FEET sow TYPE "E" JAPANESE LANDING BOAT 37 \" This type of landing boat, similar to a Japanese fishing scow, appears to be about 50 feet long and probably carries between 110 and 120 fully equipped men. The ramp in the broad bow facilitates disembarking. Japanese landing operations show that considerable thought and training have been devoted to the coordinated employment of the army, the navy, and the air arm in amphibious warfare.

61 This picture shows the type of bicycles used by the Japanese, and gives some idea of the equipment carried by cyclists. Hats worn by the soldiers appear to be cloth or papier-mach6. Note the gun mounted on the bicycle handle bars, third from left front. Japanese cyclists were used in penetrating Indo-China and Thailand. They were used to move through quiet areas to the active front in Malaya. These soldier cyclists moved quietly. No one ate or smoked on the move. They did not question natives.

This formal pose of a machine-gun squad should be compared with the photograph on opposite page. - U c~E s4-J 4(bCZ aoz . _ao- r < ac< *X- O F b > ZC· Z a C I- soo CZa m 0 ux 4 UUC k· VnE (D~~_ ~~ t! V Q7W< U -aoX 5. 256 inch) Nambu light machine gun (1922). It weighs about 23 pounds and will fire 500 rounds per minute. The hopper holds 6 clips of 3 rounds each. Note. 1. Light machine gun on bipod mount; 2. Flag carried by soldier for identification. This machine gun (juichinen shiki kei kikanju) is gas-operated, air-cooled, and hopperfed.

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