The Type 95 Ha-Gō was a light tank used by the Empire of Japan during the Second Sino-Japanese War, at Nomonhan against the Soviet Union, and in the Second World War. It proved sufficient against infantry but, like the American M3 Stuart light tank, was not designed to combat other tanks.
This one was on display at Bovington.
The French Fourth Republic used leftover Japanese military equipment from the Japanese invasion of French Indochina. An ad-hoc unit of French and Japanese armour including the Type 95 Ha-Go light tank called the ‘Commando Blindé du Cambodge’ was created and this unit participated in the early stages of the First Indochina War.
You may have noticed in Wargames Illustrated and the most recent update to the Flames of War website that Battlefront are venturing into the Far East for Flames of War. In July we will see the release of Japanese tanks.
A bit like I thought about Vietnam I am not sure that this is an era that I would get into. I have always seen Flames of War very much as a tank versus tank game with infantry in support. 15mm scale is ideal for this kind of game. With theaters of action where the main fighting was infantry versus infantry, I have always preferred 28mm (or back in the olden days 20mm). The big difference, was less the scale, much more the models would be individually based.
Both Vietnam, the Pacific theatre and the fighting in China, tanks had their place, but the vast majority of the fighting was done on the ground by the poor infantryman.
What is also interesting is that the initial focus of the release will be the fighting in Manchuria. So if you thought there were going to be Marines, this won’t be happening in the initial releases.
What are your thoughts? Are you going to get the new Japanese tanks?