German Tank Captured by Japanese in Sino-Japanese War

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German Tank Captured by Japanese in Sino-Japanese War

Post by Kim Sung » 15 Oct 2005 11:47

This tank was photographed by a Japanese war correspondent on December 9, 1937 in the suburb of Nanjing.

Four German tanks manned by Chinese soldiers attacked a group of four Japanese war reporters who were sent by Asahi newspaper(朝日新聞). One reporter was wounded by Chinese fire and died later from that wounds. The tanks approached to attack other reporters but, then, Japanese forces came to their rescue. Fierce battle continued for 20 minutes.

Three of four tanks were destroyed and one remaining tank retreated. This is one of the three German tanks captured by Japanese.

Isn't it surprising that German tanks were operated in Asia? This has been unknown so far.
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Post by Ostpanzer » 15 Oct 2005 15:08

Nice pic never seen before! Tnx a lot! BTW, do you have another pic — with unarmed captured chinese Pz-I?

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Post by Kim Sung » 15 Oct 2005 15:25

Ostpanzer wrote:Nice pic never seen before! Tnx a lot! BTW, do you have another pic — with unarmed captured chinese Pz-I?

You're welcome~ More photos~ :)
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Post by ekke » 15 Oct 2005 15:27

hmm... I just wonder why and how the chinese got the Panzer I. Did they get them for testing (in case the Chinese wanted to buy the Panzer I)?

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Post by Ostpanzer » 15 Oct 2005 15:31

killchola wrote:You're welcome~ More photos~ :)


Wow! Really never seen before! I know only one pic of one of the Chinese Pz-I (seen it at this forum appr. 1,5 years ago) — unarmed captured tank.

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Post by Kim Sung » 15 Oct 2005 15:42

ekke wrote:hmm... I just wonder why and how the chinese got the Panzer I. Did they get them for testing (in case the Chinese wanted to buy the Panzer I)?


Chinese imported 17 Panzer I from Germany in 1936. These German tanks were grouped into 第3連(The Third Regiment) within 裝甲兵團戰車營(The Armored Tank Division).

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Post by Kim Sung » 15 Oct 2005 17:21

One of these captured German tanks was sent to Yasukuni Shrine as a war trophy. Because Japanese feared this might offend Germany that became a new ally, it was displayed as a Soviet tank.

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Post by brano » 15 Oct 2005 17:33

I have info,where this Pz.I fighting in Nankin.

(?)Identical chinese symbol is as well as on turret door.
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Post by tom! » 15 Oct 2005 17:41

Hi.

China also received SdKfz 221 and different other german eqipment including 3,7 cm aa-guns.

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Post by Kim Sung » 15 Oct 2005 18:01

tom! wrote:China also received SdKfz 221 and different other german eqipment including 3,7 cm aa-guns.

You're right

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Post by Phil Bishop » 15 Oct 2005 21:50

Very interesting. Thanks for an excellent post! I knew the Chinese Nationalists had some German P1 and Sdkfz 221 (also Sdkfz 222 if my memory is correct). There were also German advisors and some units had German helmets and small arms when Germany was looking for allies in Asia before the pact with Germany.

Any information on Japanese use of these vehicles would be appreciated.

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Post by tom! » 16 Oct 2005 08:07

Hi.

I think it was like always. The troops used the tanks until ammo was depleted or the tank broke. There was no official use of foreign tanks by the japanese exept FT 17, NC 26 and Whippet tanks during the late 20th and early 30th.

And the japanese type 95 light and even the old type 89 medium tank were far superiour to the german Panzer I.

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Post by Kim Sung » 16 Oct 2005 11:36

I think one of these tank is still displayed in one of the war museums in Japan.

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Post by Kim Sung » 17 Oct 2005 01:36



Ostpanzer, your website is wonderful~ :)

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