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by Ritta Nakanishi
Dai Nippon Kaiga / Artbox  1998
67 pages
text in Japanese & English
fully illustrated
ISBN: 4-449-22690-2
Cover Price: 2800 Yen
Language: Japanese
with English captions

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Japanese Infantry Arms
In World War II

This lavishly illustrated book was written and illustrated by Ritta Nakanishi, a spectacular artist. In this book, he strives to bring to life wartime Japanese Army manuals, with color drawings of the weapons and tactics of the Japanese Army. Every page of the book is a work of art in its own right. Each chapter is dedicated to the usage of the weapon, firing positions, tactics and accessories associated with it. Drawings and cutaways show everything from transport of the weapon and usage under different circumstances (under fire, etc) and different ammunition and tactics.

Chapters included: S
mall Arms Grenade launchers & curved fire infantry guns Anti-aircraft and anti-tank weapons [page example] Light Machine Guns Heavy Machine Gun 20mm Automatic Gun 37mm Infantry Gun 70mm Infantry Gun 37mm Anti-Tank Gun 75mm Mountain Gun Japanese military swords

For anyone who has wished for something better than the wartime Japanese Army field manual reprinted, this book will be a treasured part of your collection. The fact that the publisher has provided both Japanese and english captioning is another bonus of this book, but is not available outside Japan.

Review by  Justin Taylan

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Last Updated
May 23, 2017

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