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The Type 94 Te-Ke Tokushu Keninsha was one of the first mass produced armored vehicles manufactured by Japan. It was preceded by the Type 92 Jyu-Sokosha tankette, the Type 89 I-Go medium tank, and a number of armored cars. Originally designed to function as an armored tractor to transport ammunition and supplies across the active battlefield, the Type 94 Tokushu Keninsha ("Special Tractor") found life and duty far beyond this meager but dangerous task. Built as a basic machine gun carrier as a means of defending itself, the Type 94 Te-Ke excelled in use as a midget tank, rapidly finding its way into reconnaissance and cavalry formations. Other, more specialized units were built to both deploy chemical weapons as well as decontaminate the battlefield. With more than 800 built, the Type 94 and its variants accounted for roughly half of all Chokei Sensha (tanks weighing less than 5,000 kg, usually referred to elsewhere in the world as tankettes) built to the end of the war.
The Type 94 Te-Ke played many important roles in the Japanese military, functioning as a vital asset in the battlefields of mainland Asia. In China, it defeated foes endlessly until the fiasco of Khalkin Ghol demonstrated how far behind Japan's technological growth had stagnated. In Singapore, it navigated jungles and swamp the British though impassable by any sort of vehicle. In the Philippines, it crossed unsupported bridges and ferries that would have been destroyed by virtually any other "light" tank in service around the globe. And in Burma, it navigated narrow roads and mountainside tracks considered unusuable by anything other than motorcycles and pack animals.
This document fully details the Type 94 Te-Ke tankette, plus the Type 91 and Type 97 tank machine guns that armed it. Appendices providing information compatible with D20 Modern, Spycraft 2.0, and Savage Worlds is included.
Unlike past issues of Big BangBig Bang Ricochet, the silver-covered books will provide everything necessary to allow you to drop the vehicle straight into your game. No more hunting for other issues covering weapon entries included in previous issues. please be aware this all-inclusive nature means that these silver edition booklets may occasionally duplicate material that has appeared in previous products.
NOTICE: This product supersedes ATN11100 - Big Bang Ricochet 100: Japan's Type 94 Tankette.