Te-Ke in China

That awkward feeling when you realize that most of the really cool stuff you have (exact Chieftain armor thickness, various modern armor schematics etc.) you can’t share for whatever reason :(

Type 97 Te-Ke China 1941

Alright, something I can share then. A color photo of Japanese Type 97 Te-Ke tankette in China, 1941. For Chinese service, Japanese tanks were perfectly suitable – you don’t need a big gun or super thick armor to defeat a bunch of demoralized guys with obsolete rifles. Once they started running into western tanks, however, their situation changed rapidly.

Notice the burning house. The Sino-Japanese war that lasted from 1937 to 1945 is not talked about much, but the Chinese losses were staggering – estimates vary wildly but they may reach up to 10 million soldiers and 20 million civilians. Just think about it… 30 million people. Japan lost over a million men in China and Burma alone.

3 thoughts on “Te-Ke in China

  1. It really was sad what happened in China. It is such a controversial subject in the Far East. The Japanese occupation of countries in East Asia was so brutal. I don’t think enough people in the west (and in Japan) realise how disgusting it was, easily comparable in brutality to the Nazi occupation of Eastern European countries. Let’s hope something like this never happens again.

    • i mean, that bit’s always there in the indonesian army museum, but i guess the ppl here don’t really give a shit abt history outside the normal scopes of 1945-style patriotism, complete with molotovs and sharp bamboo spears…you could swear that patriotic stuff here works almost as well as in Russia