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Gung-Ho and Banzai

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Choosing a Historical Theme for Your Gung-Ho and Banzai Armies

With Scott Cooper, Wayne Turner, and Chris Townley 

The isolated nature of the Pacific Theatre of Operations and the slow development of weapon technology by the Japanese meant the power and effectiveness of the weapons in the Pacific seem somewhat out of balance with what was being used in Europe at the same time. This led to some weapons, like the Sherman tank, having a greater impact for a longer time than in Europe.
Gung-Ho Banzai

We also realised many gamers will also want to pit their Pacific forces against forces from Europe. To cover this you will find two point levels for each platoon, one for the Pacific War, intended for playing games within the context of the Pacific Theatre, and Late-war, with points compatible with any other Flames Of War forces with Late-war points. Pacific War Points are also compatible with Early-war Points, although not all the equipment was available in the Early-war (1939-1941).

Some players may wish to theme their forces for particular landings (or defences) and as an aid to help players use campaign-appropriate equipment, the following list explains when specific items of equipment were introduced. 

Pacific War

As always, Tournament Organisers are free decide exactly which Intelligence Briefings and what equipment may be used at their events.

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Japan Japanese Arsenal Japan
Tank Teams
Tankettes Flames Of War Era (Service Date) First WW2 Campaigns
Type 97 Te-Ke (37mm) EW (in service from 1938) China
Type 97 Te-Ke (MG) EW (in service from 1938) China
Tanks    
Type 95 Ha-Go EW (in service from 1935) China
Type 89 Chi-Ro EW (in service from 1931) Manchuria 1931
Type 97 Chi-Ha EW (in service from 1937) China
Type 97 Kai Shinhoto Chi-Ha LW (in service from 1942) Corregidor Philippines, Malaya
Captured M3 Stuart Light Tank EW (in service from 1941) Battle of the Philippines
Amphibious Tanks    
Type 2 Ka Mi LW (in service from 1942) Gilbert and Marshall Islands
Self-propelled Guns    
Type 1 Ho-Ni I LW (in service from 1944) Battle of the Philippines
Type 4 Ho-Ro LW (in service from 1944) Battle of the Philippines, Okinawa
Captured M3 75mm GMC EW (in service from 1941) Battle of the Philippines
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Gun Teams
Machine-guns Flames Of War Era (Service Date) First WW2 Campaigns
Type 92 HMG EW (in service from 1932) China
Mortars    
Type 97 81mm mortar EW (in service from 1937) China
Type 94 90mm mortar EW (in service from 1934) China
Infantry Guns    
Type 92 70mm gun EW (in service from 1932) China
Type 41 75mm gun EW (in service from 1908) Manchuria 1931
Anti-aircraft    
Type 98 20mm gun EW (in service from 1938) Nomonhan 1939
Type 88 75mm gun EW (in service from 1928) Manchuria 1931
Anti-tank    
Type 97 20mm anti-tank rifle EW (in service from 1938) Nomonhan 1939
Type 94 37mm gun EW (in service from 1936) China
Type 1 37mm gun EW (in service from 1941) Philippines, Malaya
Type 1 47mm gun LW (in service from 1942) Solomon Islands 1942
Artillery    
Type 38 75mm gun EW (in service from 1905) Manchuria 1931
Type 91 105mm howitzer EW (in service from 1931) Manchuria 1931
Type 92 105mm gun EW (in service from 1932) China
Type 96 150mm howitzer EW (in service from 1936) China
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Infantry Teams
Sword team EW (in service from 1876) Manchuria 1931
Rifle team EW (in service from 1905) Manchuria 1931
Nikuhaku team EW (in service from 1938) Lake Khasan 1938
Flame-thrower team EW (in service from 1933) China
Light Mortar team EW (in service from 1932) China
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Transport Teams
Trucks Flames Of War Era (Service Date) First WW2 Campaigns
Isuzu 1.5-ton truck EW (in service from 1937) China
Aircraft
Mitsubishi Zero EW (in service from 1940) Philippines, Malaya
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USA US Marine Arsenal USA
Tanks Teams
Light Tanks Flames Of War Era (Service Date) First WW2 Campaigns
M3 or M3A1 Stuart Light Tank EW (in service from 1941) Guadalcanal
M3A3 or M5A1 Stuart Light Tank LW (in service from 1943) Gilbert and Marshall Islands
Tanks    
M4A2 Sherman LW (in service from 1943) Gilbert and Marshall Islands (Tarawa)
M4A3 (late) Sherman LW (in service from 1945) Iwo Jima
M4A3 (105mm) Sherman LW (in service from 1945) Iwo Jima
Flame-tanks    
M3A1 ‘Satan’ Light LW (in service from 1944) The Marianas
M4A2 ‘Zippo’ LW (in service from 1944) Iwo Jima
M4A3 ‘Zippo’ LW (in service from 1945) Okinawa
Amphibian Tanks    
LVT(A)1 (37mm) LW (in service from 1943) Gilbert and Marshall Islands (Kwajalein)
LVT(A)4 (75mm) LW (in service from 1944) The Marianas
Self-Propelled Guns    
75mm SPM (M3 GMC) EW (in service from 1941) Guadalcanal
105mm M7 SPM (Priest HMC) LW (in service from 1944) Okinawa
4.5in Mk 7 rocket launcher LW (in service from 1944) The Marianas
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Gun Teams
Machine-guns Flames Of War Era (Service Date) First WW2 Campaigns
M2 .50 cal HMG LW (in service from 1942) Guadalcanal
M1919 LMG EW (in service from 1940) Guadalcanal
M1917 HMG EW (in service from 1940) Guadalcanal
Mortars    
M2 60mm mortar EW (in service from 1940) Guadalcanal
M1 81mm mortar EW (in service from 1940) Guadalcanal
Anti-aircraft    
M2 .50 cal AA gun EW (in service from 1940) Guadalcanal
20mm Twin Mk 4 gun LW (in service from 1942) Guadalcanal
M1 Bofors gun LW (in service from 1942) Guadalcanal
M1 90mm gun LW (in service from 1942) Guadalcanal
Anti-tank    
M3 37mm gun EW (in service from 1942) Guadalcanal
Firing Canister LW (in service from 1943) Gilbert and Marshall Islands (Tarawa)
Artillery    
M1A1 75mm pack howitzer EW (in service from 1941) Guadalcanal
M2A1 105mm howitzer LW (in service from 1942) Solomon Islands
M1 155mm howitzer LW (in service from 1942) Guadalcanal
M1A1 Long Tom gun LW (in service from 1942) Guadalcanal
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Infantry Teams
Carbine team LW (in service from 1943) Solomon Islands
Rifle team EW (in service from 1941) Corregidor
Rifle team (Automatic Rifle) LW (in service from 1943) Solomon Islands
Rifle/MG team EW (in service from 1941) Guadalcanal
BAR team LW (in service from 1944) The Marianas
SMG team EW (in service from 1941) Guadalcanal
Bazooka team LW (in service from 1943) Gilbert and Marshall Islands (Tarawa)
Flame-thrower team EW (in service from 1941) Guadalcanal
Transport Teams
Trucks Flames Of War Era (Service Date) First WW2 Campaigns
Jeep and Trailer EW (in service from 1941) Guadalcanal
2½-ton dump truck, 1-ton truck EW (in service from 1941) Guadalcanal
DUKW truck EW (in service from 1942) Guadalcanal
M4 or M5 high-speed tractor LW (in service from 1943) Solomon Islands
Armoured Personnel Carriers    
LVT(4) Amtrac LW (in service from 1943) Gilbert and Marshall Islands (Tarawa)
Engineering Vehicles    
2½-ton dump truck EW (in service from 1941) Guadalcanal
D7 Bulldozer EW (in service from 1941) Guadalcanal
Aircraft
F4U Corsair LW (in service from 1943) Guadalcanal
Napalm Bombs LW (in service from 1944) The Marianas
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Last Updated On Wednesday, August 10, 2016 by Wayne at Battlefront