USMC M4A2 Sherman vs Japanese Type 95 Ha-Go
...The Central Pacific 1943-44, Duel 18 from Osprey Books
Title: USMC M4A2 Sherman vs Japanese Type 95 Ha-Go
Author: Romain Cansiere
Publisher: Osprey Books
Number 108 in the Duel series from Osprey, and taking subject matter from the war in the Pacific. The 2 tanks in this comparison are really quite different, but they were opponents on plenty of occasions. An 80-page soft-cover book as usual and filled with the usual mix of text, archive photos and excellent artwork.
The book opens with an Introduction which sets the scene, along with a simple Chronology of dates and main events. Next comes the Design & Development story of both the Japanese Type 95 Ha-Go and the American diesel engined M4A2, and particularly their use by the US Marine Corps and these sections each include neat colour profile artwork. This if followed by a section on Technical Specification, sub-divided across Armament, Gunnery (including sights), Main Gun Ammunition, Armour, Communications, Mobility & Power. Next, the Strategic Situation, the Combatants, and accounts of various Combat events, including Tarawa, Eniwetok, Taipan, Guam and Peleliu. Things are then rounded off with an Analysis of the impact that tanks played on both Japanese and American tactics.
The comparison makes for interesting reading, and the realisation that the level of casualties among Japanese forces has in many cases meant there are no definitive records on their experiences.
Thanks to Osprey Publishing for our review copy.