Armored Cars - Railroad Cars - Carriers - Staff Cars - Trucks - Motorcycles - Trailers

Model 25 Vickers Crossley Mark 1 Armored Car "DOWA"---Model 25 Vickers Crossley Armored Car "DOWA"---Model 25 Vickers Crossley Armored Car "DOWA"

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Model 25 Vickers Crossley Armored Car "DOWA"

Not all sources agree on the term "DOWA"

Specifications
Weight 5.4 tons
Length 16' 6"
Width 6' 2"
Height 8' 6"
Ground Clearance 10"
Crew 4
Armament 2 Vickers MG
Ammunition 3500 rounds
Armor 5.5mm
Engine 4cyl, 50 hp
Speed 40 mph

Austin - 16 June 1928 - Announcing the surrender of Chinese forces in Manchuria. -  Photo contributed by Ion Fonosch---Photo thanks to Ion Fonosch
Austin Armored Car

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Model 91  Broad-gauge Railroad Tractor---Model 91  Broad-gauge Railroad Tractor---Model 91 Broadgauge Railroad Tractor - Photo thanks to IonFonosch.

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Model 91 Broad-gauge Railroad Tractor

At times some books will refer to a Type 2593 "Sumida" Armored Car in the Japanese inventory. Careful research has found this label to be an error. Type 2593 "Sumida" Armored Car is the Model 91 Broad-gauge Railroad Tractor.

Specifications
Weight 7.5 tons
Length 21' 6"
Width 6' 3"
Height 9' 8"
Ground Clearance 16"
Crew 6
Armament 1 MG
Armor Up to 16 mm
Engine 40 hp
Speed 37 mph rail, 25 mph road.

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Type 2592 Osaka HoKoKu-Go Armored Car

This AC is called the Hokoku Armored Car in Japan.

Specifications
Weight 6.4 tons
Length 16' 5"
Width 6'
Height 8' 8"
Ground Clearance 11"
Crew 4 - 5
Armament 2 x MG
Armor 8 - 11mm
Engine 4 cyl, 35hp

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Type 2592 "Kokusan" Armored Car
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Type 2592 "Chokei Sensha" Armored Car
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Type 2592 Chiyoda Armored Car

Chiyoda AC was the modified type of "Chiyoda 6-Wheeled Track", deployed to Naval Landing Units. Correct name and tech data is unknown.


Model 92 Naval Armored Car
Model 92 Naval Armored Car

Specifications
Weight 7 tons
Length 15' 9"
Width 5' 11"
Height 7' 6"
Ground Clearance 16"
Crew 4
Armament 5 x MG
Armor 8 to 11 mm
Engine 6 cyl, 85hp

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Model 92 "Chiysda" Armored Car
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Type 2593 "Sumida" Armored Car

At times some books will refer to a Type 2593 "Sumida" Armored Car in the Japanese inventory. Careful research has found this label to be an error. Type 2593 "Sumida" Armored Car is the Model 91 Broad-gauge Railroad Tractor.


Model 93 Staff Car
Model 93 Staff Car

This 6 wheeled staff car was developed over a period of years. Originally, Hudson and Studebaker chassis' were used, but a Japanese chassis ultimately was developed. Specifications show a poor power to weight ratio.

Specifications
Weight 5720 lb.
Length 17' 8"
Width 6' 4"
Height 6' 6"
Wheelbase 8' 11"
Clearance 11"
Engine 6cyl, gasoline, 68 hp
Transmission 4 forward, 1 reverse
Final drive reduction 5.25 to 1

Model 94 3/4 Ton Tracked Trailer
Model 94 3/4 Ton Tracked Trailer

Designed for towing behind various model tankettes. Extensively used in China for transportation of supplies and ammunition. Built by pressed steel construction. Suspension consisted of 2 bogie wheels with front and rear idlers. The track was similar to that used on tankettes.


Isuzu truck with Hucks Starter
Isuzu Hucks Starter

The Hucks Starter was invented in 1917 by B. C. Hucks of the RFC. The purpose was to provide a truck mounted aircraft engine starter. On this example, abandoned by it's operator and then captured by US troops, the starter is seen here as chain driven from the transmission.


Model 95 4x4 Scout Car---Model 95 4x4 Scout Car---Type95 Kurogane captured by US troops on Los Negros, 1942.
Model 95 4x4 Scout Car
The Kurogane "Black Medal"

Lightweight, unarmed reconnaissance vehicle. Development started after the Manchurian Incident when the need for an all purpose scout car became pressing. The air cooled engine was designed to be operated in the climates of China and Manchuria. This vehicle was truely a native Japanese design as most others in service at the time were based on American vehicles.

Specifications
Weight 2310 - 2425 lbs
Length 134"
Width 60"
Height 66"
Clearance 9"
Tread 50"
Wheelbase 79"
Engine 2 cyl, gasoline, 33 hp
Transmission 3 forward, 1 reverse

Type 2595 Armored Railroad Car "So-Ki"
Type 2595 Armored Railroad Car "So-Ki"

Developed to patrol South Manchuria railroad. So-Ki had both tracks for field and wheels for railway. Wheels are put away in the bottom of hull usually. So-Ki could easily change width of wheels, so it could run narrow, standard, and broad gauge rail. When changing from track mode to railway mode, it took just only 3 minutes (railroad mode to track mode, 1 minute). 121 units were produced.

Specifications
Weight 8.7t
Crew 6
Length 4900mm
Width 2500mm
Height 2430mm (track mode)
2540mm (rail mode)
Armor 8 - 4mm
Armament None - Designed with 5 gun slits.
Engine 6 cyl. Gasoline, 84hp
Max speed 72km/h railway
40km/h railway w/trailer
30km/h on road
20km/h off road

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Model 97 Nissan 4x2 Truck

First produced in 1937 in combination with Graham Paige and original Japanese designs. This truck was a cab-over-engine type due to the narrowness of Japanese roads. The front axle was found to be too weak and difficult to keep the wheels aligned. Further problems of power ratio showed as well as excessive front tire wear. A large number of these units were produced before an improved model of more conventional design was developed.

Specifications
Weight 2880 lb.
Length 169.5"
Width 80"
Wheelbase 104"
Clearance 9.5"
Maximum Speed 50 mph
Engine 6cyl, gasoline, 85 hp
Final drive reduction 6.19 to 1
Transmission 4 forward, 1 reverse

Model 97 Nissan Staff Car---Nissan 70, also called a Type 97, Sedan with Nissan 180 trucks in New Guinea.
Model 97 Nissan Staff Car, Nissan 70

Specifications
Weight 3108 lb.
Length 186"
Width 67.5"
Height 69"
Wheelbase 110"
Clearance 8"
Engine 4cyl, gasoline, 85 hp, 3670 cc
Final drive reduction 4.09 to 1
Transmission 3 forward, 1 reverse

Model 97 Motorcycle
Model 97 Motorcycle

Very nearly a carbon copy of a Harley Davidson!

Specifications
Weight 1100 lb.
Length 8' 6"
Width w/Sidecar 5' 11"
Wheelbase 5' 3"
Clearance 8"
Engine 2cyl, gasoline, 25 hp, 1196 cc
Transmission 3 forward, 1 reverse

Type 2598 Railroad Car
Type 2598 Railroad Car

Type 98 Railroad car was successer of Type 91 Railroad Car. It could run narrow, standard, broad gauge.


Type 98 APC "Soda"---Type 98 APC "Soda"
Type 98 APC "Soda"


Type 98 AA Halftrack "Ko-Hi"---Type 98 Isusu Artillery Tractor
Type 98 AA Halftrack "Ko-Hi"

Made by Isuzu


Type 100 Railroad Car
Type 100 Railroad Car

Successor to the Type 98 Railroad Car.


Type 1 Armored Personnel Carrier "Ho-Ki"---Type 1 Armored Personnel Carrier "Ho-Ki"
Type 1 Armored Personnel Carrier "Ho-Ki"

Specifications
Weight 6.5 ton
Armor 6 mm
Performance 42 k/hr
Crew up to 15

Type1 Ho-Ha
Type 1 Armored Personnel Carrier "Ho-Ha"

Built by Hino Motors. This captured vehicle was taken to the United States for study.


Toyota GB---Nissan 180
Type One 4x2 Toyota GB and Nissan 180 Truck

An almost exact copy of a Chevrolet truck. The fact that two different companies made almost identical vehicles shows standardation.

Specifications
Weight 5500 lb.
Length 18' 10"
Width 6' 4"
Height 7' 5"
Wheelbase 15' 6"
Clearance 9"
Engine 6cyl, gasoline, 78 hp
Transmission 4 forward, 1 reverse
Final drive reduction 6.167 to 1

Type 1 Ho-Ha Half-Track
Type 1 Ho-Ha Half-Track

Specifications
Weight 6.5 ton
Armor 8 mm
Armament 3 x MG
Crew up to 15

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Type-4 Ka-Tsu "Toku 4 Shiki Naikatei" Amphibious Personnel Carrier

This design never went beyond prototype before the war ended.


Japanese armored train in Manchuria
Japanese armored train in Manchuria


Naval Armored Cars
Naval Armored Cars


Japanese Military "Trike"---A captured Sanrinsha of the Imperial Japanese Navy, Papua.
Japanese Military "Trike"

The Sanrinsha had been originally developed as a commercial freight carrier. The Japanese Army adopted whatever units were available and had no real standard model. Load capacities on the various models in service ranged from 300 to 1000 pounds. Engine sizes ranged from 350 cc to 1000 cc and usually had 2 cylinders. Units were chain driven and had no differentials.


2 Wheel Towed Cart
2 Wheel Towed Cart

Designed for high speed transport. All metal construction and was equipped with pneumatic tires.


Ford Armored Car
Ford Armored Car


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