4th Tank Division (Imperial Japanese Army)

4th Tank Division (Imperial Japanese Army)

Infobox Military Unit
unit_name= 4th Tank Division

caption=Type 3 Chi-Nu tanks of 4th Tank Division
dates= 1944 - 1945
country=Empire of Japan
branch=Imperial Japanese Army
type=Armored division
garrison=Chiba, Chiba
nickname=鋼=Hagane (Steel)
battles= World War II
command structure
name= Japanese 4th Tank Division
parent=Thirty-Sixth Army (Japan)
*IJA 28th Armored Regiment
*IJA 29th Armored Regiment
*IJA 30th Armored Regiment

The nihongo|4th Tank Division|戦車第4師団|Sensha Dai-yon Shidan, was one of four armored divisions of the Imperial Japanese Army in World War II


The 4th Tank Division was raised on July 6 1944. Similar to the German Panzerlehrdivision, it was created out of the training departments of the Armor School, Cavalry School, Field Artillery School and Military Engineering School of the Imperial Japanese Army Academy, its remaining students and staff. Assigned to the IJA 36th Army, it was assigned to the defense of the Japanese home islands against the projected Allied invasion.

The 4th Tank Division was officially demobilized in September 1945 with the rest of the Imperial Japanese Army, without having seen combat

Commanding officer

ee also

* List of Japanese armored divisions


*cite book
last = Frank
first = Richard B
coauthors =
year = 1999
title = Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire
publisher = Random House
location = New York
id = ISBN 0-679-41424-X

*cite book
last = Jowett
first = Bernard
coauthors =
year = 1999
title = The Japanese Army 1931-45 (Volume 2, 1942-45)
publisher = Osprey Publishing
location =
id = ISBN 1841763543

*cite book
last = Madej
first = Victor
coauthors =
year = 1981
title = Japanese Armed Forces Order of Battle, 1937-1945
publisher = Game Publishing Company
location =
id = ASIN: B000L4CYWW

External links

*cite web
last = Wendel
first = Marcus
url = http://www.axishistory.com/index.php?id=896
title = Axis History Factbook
work = 4th Tank Division

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