Handbook on Japanese Military

The October 1944 version of the U.S. technical manual on the Japanese military, TM-E 30-480: Handbook on Japanese Military Forces has been added to the main LoneSentry website. The complete table of contents are listed below.

TM-E 30-480: Handbook on Japanese Military Forces
Technical Manual, U.S. War Department, October 1, 1944
FOREWORD.
CHAPTER I. RECRUITMENT AND TRAINING.
          SectionI.General 
II.Conscription System
III.Procurement of Officers
IV.Training
V.Promotion, Pay and Awards
VI.Morale, Discipline, and Efficiency
CHAPTER II. JAPANESE MILITARY SYSTEM.
SectionI.The Japanese High Command
II.Territorial Organizations, including Depot Divisions
III.Field Replacement System
CHAPTER III. FIELD ORGANIZATION.
SectionI.Major Organizations
II.Arms (Nondivisional)
III.Services (Nondivisional)
IV.Military Intelligence
V.Reorganization
CHAPTER IV. JAPANESE AIR SERVICE.
SectionI.General
II.Organization of the Japanese Army Air Service
III.Strategic Doctrine
IV.Japanese Air Tactics
V.Equipment
CHAPTER V. SPECIAL FORCES.
SectionI.Naval Land Forces
II.Task Forces and Special Defense Units
CHAPTER VI. JAPANESE MILITARY POLICE.
CHAPTER VII. TACTICS OF THE JAPANESE ARMY.
Introduction
PARTI.General Tactical Doctrine
SectionI.General
II.Offensive
III.Defensive
IV.Retrograde Movements
V.Employment of Tanks and Mechanized Units
PARTII.Application of Tactics
SectionVI.Antiaircraft
VII.Antitank Defense
VIII.Jungle Warfare
IX.Small Island Defense
X.Coastal Defense
XI.Japanese Joint Operations
XII.Japanese Parachute Troops
CHAPTER VIII. SUPPLY, MOVEMENTS, AND EVACUATION.
SectionI.Supply
II.Movements
III.Evacuation
CHAPTER IX. WEAPONS.
SectionI.Introduction
II.Infantry Weapons
     1. Pistols, Revolvers, and Rifles
     2. Machine Guns
     3. Mortars and Grenade Dischargers
     4. Grenades, Land Mines, and Booby Traps
     5. Antitank and Infantry Guns
III.Artillery
     1. General
     2. Field Artillery
     3. Antiaircraft Artillery
     4. Naval Weapons
IV.Tanks and Armored Cars
V.Chemical Warfare
CHAPTER X. EQUIPMENT.
SectionI.Introduction
II.Infantry Equipment
III.Artillery Equipment
IV.Signal Equipment
V.Engineer Equipment
VI.Cavalry and Reconnaissance
VII.Automotive and Land Transport Equipment
VIII.Tentage
IX.Medical Equipment
CHAPTER XI. UNIFORMS, PERSONAL EQUIPMENT, AND INSIGNIA.
CHAPTER XII. CONVENTIONAL SIGNS AND ABBREVIATIONS.
SectionI.Introduction
II.Geographic Signs
III.Military Signs
IV.Military Abbreviations
CHAPTER XIII. MILITARY TERMS AND CHARACTERS.
APPENDIX. SUPPLEMENTAL DATA.

 

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6 comments to Handbook on Japanese Military

  • firepower

    Great work. Those old time military writers did a good job.

  • Pat Flannery

    I have that in softcover, and it’s really something to read; full of tons of useful information regarding fighting the Japanese.
    I still like the part where they warn that although many armies brag about fighting to the last man and last bullet, they very rarely actually do that. But you are about to run into an army that does that on a regular basis, so be prepared for that situation.

  • Gerald

    Okay article. I just became aware of your blog and desired to say I have really enjoyed reading.

  • Kurt Steiner

    Your Jap Handbook has much less than my Jap Handbook. What gives?

  • Kurt Steiner

    The info on Cavalry what you offer as “Japanese Army Handbook,” is absolutely barren of utility. Surely the real handbook offered more info that that of Japanese Cavalry? Where are the TO&E table of cavalry brigades and regiments. MY Japanese Army Handbook with the same title has far more info. Part of the content of your copy was purposely excised? Why? Is your readership considered too inferior to merit a non-bastardized version?
    Should I scan and send you material from the original that is missing from your copy?

  • derek

    Interesting articles – – very nice 🙂