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Japanese Infantry Italeri 1:72

Japanese infantry from the Second World War, the box contains 50 figures divided into 15 poses, unpainted. Italeri 1:72 scale The Empire of Japan entered World War II with the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, but from 1937 Japan conducted large-scale military operations in China. At the end of 1941, the Japanese army consisted of 51 divisions which, together with numerous separate units, had a strength of approximately 1.7 million people. More than half of these forces (27 divisions) were stationed in China. The basic type of armed force in the Japanese army was, of course, infantry. Interestingly, in 1938, the Japanese infantry divisions underwent organization, as a result of which most of them (but not all!) Consisted of 3 infantry regiments, and each regiment consisted of 3 infantry battalions. At the division level, the infantry regiments were also joined by general staff subunits, an artillery regiment, a cavalry battalion, an engineer battalion, as well as transportation, communications and medical units. In total, the Japanese infantry division (the so-called Type B) had approximately 19,800 full-time personnel. It is worth adding that it had relatively weak anti-tank and anti-aircraft armament and its supporting artillery was usually of 70 or 75 mm caliber. Artillery units with artillery caliber greater than 100 mm were rare. It must also be said that the Japanese infantry units were characterized by very high, almost fanatical morale, with iron discipline, but also (especially after 1942) they were clearly inferior tactically or in firepower to their Allied adversaries. It should also not be forgotten that Japanese infantry units committed a great many war crimes, bearing the hallmarks of crimes against humanity, with the macabre Nanjing Massacre between 1937 and 1938 at the forefront.

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