Artillery of Japan facts for kids
In the 1840s, the Tokugawa Shogunate began to anticipate that either British or French military might attack Japan. Takashima Shuhan (1798-1866) submitted a petition to the shogun calling for the purchase of Western firearms. In 1841, a demonstration of Western gunnery made a strong impression. Powerful conservative factions in the shogunate resisted change.
During the 1864 Bombardment of Shimonoseki, European naval guns were shown to be superior to Japanese cannon on shore.
Following the Meiji Restoration, Japan would pursue a policy of "Rich country, strong army" (富国強兵), which led to a general rearmament.
Imperial Japanese Army
Naval guns and field artillery were important in the Russo-Japanese War of 1905.
Before and during World War II, the Japanese Army deployed a variety of artillery pieces.
The Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) developed large naval artillery pieces.
Japan Self Defense Force (JSDF)
The self-propelled artillery of the current Japanese military include
- Type 75 155 mm self-propelled howitzer
- M110 howitzer
- M270 MLRS
- Type 99 155 mm self-propelled howitzer
- Evans, David C and Mark Peattie. (1997). Kaigun: strategy, tactics, and technology in the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1887–1941 Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland ISBN: 0-87021-192-7
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