23rd Division's tank in Recon Regt,

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Re: 23rd Division's tank in Recon Regt,

Post by fontessa » 30 Mar 2020 10:46

Hello Taki,
Akira Takizawa wrote:
30 Mar 2020 10:13
I researched and found the following document.
https://www.jacar.archives.go.jp/das/image/C13070981800

Taki
Thanks for the info.

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Re: 23rd Division's tank in Recon Regt,

Post by Akira Takizawa » 30 Mar 2020 17:57

Kelvin wrote:
30 Mar 2020 10:39
[Hi, Taki, as 23rd Division in 1941 TOE Transport Regiment had 6 x 145 men Motor companies with 38 x trucks each, apart from army supply, also for transporting three infantry Regiments to reinforce the border ?
No, they were for transporting supply.

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Re: 23rd Division's tank in Recon Regt,

Post by Kelvin » 31 Mar 2020 10:25

Akira Takizawa wrote:
30 Mar 2020 17:57
Kelvin wrote:
30 Mar 2020 10:39
[Hi, Taki, as 23rd Division in 1941 TOE Transport Regiment had 6 x 145 men Motor companies with 38 x trucks each, apart from army supply, also for transporting three infantry Regiments to reinforce the border ?
No, they were for transporting supply.

Taki
Hi, Taki, thank you for your answer.

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Re: 23rd Division's tank in Recon Regt,

Post by fontessa » 31 Mar 2020 17:18

To Gents,

The below is the composition of Recon, Regt, stipulated by Fiscal Year 1944 Army Mobilization Plan.
聯隊本部 Regimental HQ; 130 men
第1中隊 (乗車中隊) 1th Company (Riding Company): 194 men
第2中隊 (乗車中隊) 2nd Company (Riding Company): 194 men
第3中隊 (軽装甲車中隊) 3rd Company (Light Armored Company): 85 men, Tankette x 12
Total 603 men

Compared to the composition of 1941
(1) 自動車中隊 Automobile Company was abolished
(2) Light Armored vehicle company reduced from two to one
However, according to the table below, the Regiment had 8 passenger cars and 48 trucks. I guess, for example, 1st and 2nd Companies had 30 trucks for troopers transport and HQ had 18 trucks for supply transport.
https://www.jacar.archives.go.jp/aj/met ... 42400&CN=1

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Re: 23rd Division's tank in Recon Regt,

Post by fontessa » 01 Apr 2020 13:51

Hello gents,

23rd Reconnaissance Regiment was reorganized with Army Regulation A No.135 dated 5 October 1944. The composition The composition was stipulated by Army Regulation A No.17 dated 17 February 1943 which was decree ordering the formation of 54th Divisions. Unfortunately, the latter does not currently exist. I led the composition of 23rd Recon. Regt, from the War Diary of 54th Recon. Regts. Although troop composition and numbers of men are accurate, passenger cars and trucks allocations include estimates. The organizational feature is that it lacks Car Company, as in the 1944 Mobilization Plan.
The Light Armored Vehicle was Type 97, with 3 of the company's 8 cars being equipped with 37mm guns and the remaining 6 with machine guns. It is presumed that the company commander and the squad leader (two) cars were equipped with guns.

23rd Regiment got on Convoy MI-29 on the November 22, 1944 as ollows:
Brazil Maru:Regt. HQ, 1st Company, 4th Company
Hawaii Maru: 2nd Company, 3rd Company, (and perhaps the Communications Platoon)
Of these, Hawaii Maru was sunk on December 2 by US submarine Sea Devil’s torpedo attack and the passengers were all killed.

Regt. HQ, 1st and 4th Companies landed on San Fernando on December 24. Together with 1st Battalion of 72nd Infantry Regiment, they guarded sea special attack boats base. The 23rd Regiment fought with the US troops landing on Luzon started the move to Clark Area in January but their fate after that is unclear. Japanese WIKI states that 23rd Regiment had left heavy equipment in Japan and was transported to the Philippines as mere infantry and this is hard to believe.


23rdReconRegiment (2).jpg

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