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Japanese Special Naval Landing Forces: Uniforms and equipment 1932–45 (Men-at-Arms #432)

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The spearhead of Japan's assault landing operations both in China pre-Pearl Harbor, and in US and British territory post-Pearl Harbor, was provided by the Special Naval Landing Forces - 12 numbered battalion-size Imperial Japanese Navy units. They garrisoned a number of the islands which the US Marines then had to re-claim in some of the bloodiest battles of the Pacific Wa ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published June 27th 2006 by Osprey Publishing
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Aug 05, 2013 Zare rated it liked it
Shelves: history, osprey
This one is a mixed bag. On one hand we have a presentation of a little known (at least for a European readers) Japanese SNLF units - we have a historical representation from Shanghai conflicts 'til end of WW2. But this section is a very short one - majority of the book contains information on militaria - unit markings, uniform cuts, equipment overview etc etc

That's fine for militaria collectors but for general overview of unit itself and its combat history it is more than lacking. At the times
Jul 22, 2015 Glen rated it liked it
In introducing the Special Naval Landing Forces (SNLF), the SNLF was the beach/land assault branch of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Its expertise lay in beach landings and the occupation of captured territory. While the SNLF has been erroneously equated to the United States Marine Corps (although their function was the similar), the SNLF was not independent of the Japanese Navy, unlike the USMC, which operated with the US Navy. At the beginning of the Second Sino Japanese War and on into the occup ...more
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