47 mm Type 1
Type 1 47 mm AT gun
General Historical Information
Place of origin: Japan
Category: Anti-Tank
Used by:


Passengers: 1 or 2
Calibre: 47mm
Ammunition: ↑ AP
↓ HE
Mobile: Yes
Used by vehicles / ships: Type 4 Ho-Ru
Type 97 Shinhoto Chi-Ha
Type 1 Chi-He
Position 1: Gunner or driver
Position 2:


Historical Picture
47 mm Type 1 real

The Type 1 47mm Anti-Tank gun was introduced by the Imperial Japanese Army to replace smaller anti-tank guns dating from 1930's that were found lacking during clashes with Soviet forces in northern Manchuria. The Type 1 incorporated many advanced design features, including low-profile carriage with split tails and a semi-automatic breech mechanism. They were largely assigned to China and Burma, and first saw combat in 1943; while being effective against Chinese armored cars and light tanks, they were generally too weak to penetrate the armor of Allied medium tanks. Nevertheless, the Type 1 was used in great numbers in the defence of Japan's Pacific possessions. Also, its tank modification was a main arnament for Type 97 Shinhoto Chi-Ha tanks. A total of 2300 guns were produced.

Ingame, due to its inadequate penetration of frontal Sherman armour (and other Allied medium tanks), the ideal tactic for this gun is ambushes and since it has low sihloutte, high rate of fire and can be easily towed. The close equivalent would be the German 3.7 cm Pak 36 AT gun, similar in perfomance and tactics of usage.

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