Type 94 Tankette

The Type 94 Te-Ke was a small, armored fighting vehicle in service with the Imperial Japanese Army between 1934 and 1945. Designed for scouting and infantry support missions, it saw extensive combat action in the Sino-Japanese War in China (in the 1930s), and in Burma and Pacific islands during World War II. Its small turret mounted a 6.5-mm machine gun, which was the tankette only armament. Its crew of two (commander/gunner and driver) entered this military vehicle through a hatch in the back of the hull. Built with riveted steel plates, the Type 94 weighed only 3.4 tons and was powered by a Mitsubishi, 4-cylinder, gasoline engine, which generated 32 hp. It had a maximum speed of 25 miles per hour (45 km/h) and a range of 165 miles. It was equipped with a maximum armor protection of 12-mm-thick steel on the front. Since it was armed with only a machine gun, the Type 94 was only useful to fight against unprotected enemy infantry troops in the open, but it was useless when it came to destroy an enemy bunker, pillbox or building, for it lacked a gun.



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