The official AHF Japan at War quiz thread

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Re: The official AHF Japan at War quiz thread

Post by Bill M. » 01 Jul 2010 13:04

Greetings All,

First off let me apologize for falling off the face of the earth. Work and office transfers have just taken up so much time that I lost touch with not only the things I like most but all the folks in this forum. Good news is things are finally settling down.

Well here is my stab at an answer:

Yanaihara Tadao and Yamakawa Kenjiro

Go easy on me as it has been a while!

It’s great to be back.

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Re: The official AHF Japan at War quiz thread

Post by Mostlyharmless » 01 Jul 2010 17:14

YT was Yanaihara Tadao and that is good enough. At least one professor Yamakawa Kenjirō died in 1931, so he could not have accepted the Stimpson Doctrine. My YK was Yokota Kisaburo. Some information on both can be found from "The Manchurian crisis and Japanese society, 1931-33" by Sandra Wilson http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=mUrB ... ro&f=false and "Yanaihara Tadao and Japanese colonial policy: redeeming empire" by Susan C. Townsend http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=eF6c ... &q&f=false.

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Re: The official AHF Japan at War quiz thread

Post by AVV » 01 Jul 2010 19:23

Hello!
Bill M. wrote:It’s great to be back.
Yes, welcome back, Bill! :D
I'm looking forward to your next question. 8-)

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Re: The official AHF Japan at War quiz thread

Post by Bill M. » 02 Jul 2010 12:52

Thanks Aleks,

Ok, here we go. During WWI the Japanese Army and Navy besieged the German colony at Tsing-Tao. During these operations the IJA had an air unit brought in for support. My question has multiple parts.

What was the unit designation of the IJA air unit?

Where was it based?

What was its composition (number and type of aircraft)?

As a bonus question, if you get it right you do not win anything you just get to be called brilliant! How many and what type of aircraft did the Germans have to oppose the Japanese air unit?

Have fun with this gents, I’ll check back on Tuesday as this weekend is the 4th of July celebrations here in the former colonies. No hard feelings toward my British friends here on the board! :P

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Re: The official AHF Japan at War quiz thread

Post by Bill M. » 06 Jul 2010 13:34

Sorry about the brain bender, but just to spark a little investigation into this question I'll give the answer to the bonus question and maybe that will help point you in the right direction.

In July 1914 the Imperial German Navy sent two aeroplanes to the naval base at Tsingtao. Both aeroplanes were Rumpler Taube monoplanes. The pilots were Gunter Plüschow and Friedrich Müllerskowski. Müllerskowski was badly injured and his aeroplane wrecked in a test flight in July 1914 leaving Plüschow as the only active pilot with an aeroplane in Tsingtao when war broke out. During the siege he ran spotting missions over the Japanese lines and claimed to have shot down a Japanese aeroplane with his pistol. When the garrison surrendered and went into captivity he was ordered to escape by flying his aeroplane into China, where he crash landed and started an epic journey back to Germany.

Here is more on the pilots:

Leutnant zur See Gunther Plüschow (1886-1931) - nick-named the "Dragon Pilot" due to a tattoo of a dragon on his left arm- was a naval officer who passed his pilot's test after only three days of flying in February 1914. He was sent straight to Tsingtao with his aeroplane arriving in July. When war broke out he was the only German airman available for active duty in Tsingtao. During the siege he ran spotting missions in a Rumpler Taube over the Japanese lines and claimed to have shot down a Japanese aeroplane with his pistol. When the garrison surrendered and went into captivity he was ordered to escape by flying his aeroplane into China, where he crash landed and started an epic journey back to Germany. When the garrison surrendered and went into captivity he escaped and made his way back to Germany via China, Japan, America and Gibraltar where he was briefly captured by the British and taken to England, only to escape once more and make his way back to Germany via Holland. He was the only German prisoner to escape from a British mainland POW camp during either World War. He also wrote several books including one on his experiences in China and his journey back to Germany called "Escape from England" (published by Ripping Yarns). After the war he explored uncharted areas of Chile and Patagonia where he died in a flying accident in 1931.

Leutnant Friedrich Müllerskowski (1886-19__) joined the German infantry in 1907 and transferred to the Seebatallion in 1912. He passed his pilot's test in Germany before being posted out to Tsingtao where he was badly injured in a test flight days before the outbreak of war. He thus did not see active service during the siege of Tsingtao, being relased from hospital only shortly before the German surrender. For the remainder of the war he was held as a prisoner of war in Japan at the Kumamoto and Kurume camps and returned to Germany in 1919 where he rejoined the army. In 1920 he retired with the rank of Major.

I'll give it a few more days before posting the answer, that is if no one comes up with it first. Happy hunting.

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Re: The official AHF Japan at War quiz thread

Post by Bill M. » 09 Jul 2010 12:59

Ok gents the wait is over, here are the answers:

“What was the unit designation of the IJA air unit?”

The Lungkou Army Air Corp.

“Where was it based?”

Tsimo, China.

“What was its composition (number and type of aircraft)?”

Under the command of Lt. Colonel Yoichi Arikawa (later Lt. General), it was comprised of four Maurice Farman 1913 machines powered by Renault 70 hp air-cooled Vee engines. The maximum speed was 90km/h (55.9 mph) with an endurance of four hours. There was also a French Nieuport N.G.2 monoplane. Powered by a Gnome 100 hp air-cooled rotary radial engine, this two seater had a maximum speed of 110km/h (68.4 mph) and an endurance of four hours.


New question:

What do the following Chinese ships have to do with Japanese military history?

Hsin-yu, Tu-nan, Chin-tung, Li-yuen, Hae-ting.


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Re: The official AHF Japan at War quiz thread

Post by Bill M. » 14 Jul 2010 14:47

A little hint may be in order here. Think the month of September.

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Re: The official AHF Japan at War quiz thread

Post by Bill M. » 14 Jul 2010 19:16

Another hint. Think Ju-ch’ang.

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Re: The official AHF Japan at War quiz thread

Post by Bill M. » 15 Jul 2010 14:29

Ok I'm going to give the answer and then a new question to ponder over the weekend. The Chinese ships listed in my question were the transports that were escorted by Admiral Ting Ju-ch’ang and unloaded at Takushan on the night of 16 September 1894.

While the transports were off loading at Takushan Admiral Ting anchored his battle fleet off Talu Island. From his position he could easily intercept any Japanese forces that could make an attempt on the transports.

Having received intelligence about the Chinese fleet movements the Japanese fleet had been ordered out to intercept and destroy them. These actions directly lead to the Battle of the Yalu fought on 17 September 1894.

My next question is in keeping with the Battle of the Yalu. Who was the senior ranking Japanese officer at the battle and what ship was he aboard?

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Re: The official AHF Japan at War quiz thread

Post by AVV » 15 Jul 2010 19:41

Hello, Bill!

The answer looks too simple, still I'll make a try. So, was this commander admiral Kabayama Sukenori, Japanese Naval Chief of Staff, on board auxilliary gunboat Saikyo Maru?

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Re: The official AHF Japan at War quiz thread

Post by Bill M. » 15 Jul 2010 20:31

Aleks,

You are correct. I pass the baton to you sir.

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Re: The official AHF Japan at War quiz thread

Post by AVV » 17 Jul 2010 13:44

Thanks, Bill!
A simple question - who is this young man?

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Re: The official AHF Japan at War quiz thread

Post by AVV » 19 Jul 2010 19:43

Hello!
Come on, guys! The question is really simple. Look at this man - he is young, still has a lot of decorations. So whom could he be? :wink:

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Re: The official AHF Japan at War quiz thread

Post by Bill M. » 19 Jul 2010 20:29

Hirohito!

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Re: The official AHF Japan at War quiz thread

Post by AVV » 20 Jul 2010 19:18

Hello, Bill!
Exactly! IIRC, this photo was taken in 1919 when he was the heir of the throne.
Over to you!

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