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Taki (2014). Fair use may apply.
||20 tons light displacement
||57'9" by 12'2" by 3'3"
17.6m by 3.7m by 1.0m
|Maximum speed||9 knots
||1 heavy machine gun or 2 light machine guns or 3
25mm/60 AA guns
||1-shaft diesel (150 hp)
||100 nautical miles (190 km) at 7.5 knots
50 nautical miles (90 km) at 8.5 knots
||1 Type 97 15.6 ton tank
or 100 men or 16 tons
||Perhaps 163 beginning in 1940
The Toku Daihatsu or 17m landing craft (Army Type N-L-BD) resembled the Allied LCVP, with a bow ramp that was lowered on hitting the beach. It was essentially a larger version of the Daihatsu, intended for landing small tanks or vehicles, and was built of welded steel. The Navy ordered 163 of these craft, but it is not known how many were actually completed (though at least 35 were built in 1943-44).
These craft were used extensively to run troops and supplies to
isolated garrisons in the Solomons
and elsewhere. The Japanese referred to these operations as "ant runs."
As the war progressed, Allied air forces and PT boats became adept at
intercepting and destroying these craft.
Jentschura, Jung, and Mickel (1977)
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