The Kō Gata Sensha (first kind of tank) was a Japanese licensed French tank. In 1919, Japan purchased 22 Renault FT-17 light tanks, which arrived in 1920. The vehicles were given to the Army Infantry School, which founded a tank school unit for them, as well as the 1st IJA tank Company. This company was a trial unit aimed to learn everything about the new vehicles. Eventually, the Army Cavalry School also received some Kō Gata. The cavalry was impressed with the vehicle and requested more. However, in 1922, it was decided by the IJA that only the infantry units were to be allowed operation of tanks. All Kō Gata were transferred to the infantry.
Some Kō Gata were sent to Manchuria where they successfully participated in several clashes with Chinese from 1929 - 1931. Many Kō Gata (cannon model) were field modified, having the main armament replaced with a 37mm Sogekiho Infantry Gun. The tank was quickly becoming obsolete and was gradually replaced with new designs. All of the remaining vehicles were given to the IJA Tank School where they were used as driver training vehicles until they were completely phased out in 1932.
|Japanese Land Vehicles of WWII - Half-Tracks|
|Transport & Towing||Type 95 Kurogane • Type 98 Ho-Ki Prime Mover • Type 1 Ho-Ha|
|Amphibious Transport & Towing||Ishikawan Jime|
|Amphibious Offensive||Chenilette St-Chamond M1921 • Inoma-Kaminishi • Sumida AMP|
|Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun||Type 98 Ho-Ki SPAAG|
|Japanese Land Vehicles of WWII - Wheeled|
|Armoured / Scout / Patrol Cars||British Crossley Mk I • Type 92 Osaka • Type 87 Armoured Car • Type 3 Sumida • Type 92 Chiyoda • Type 92 Chokei Sensha • Type 92 Kokusan|
|Transport & Towing||Nissan 180 • Nissan Model 97 • Toyota KB • Toyota KC • Type 94 Truck • Type 97 Truck • Type 1 Truck • Type 2 Truck|
|Staff Cars||Nissan 70 • Toyota Syoki • Type 92 Chiyoda • Model 93 Staff Car • Model 95 Kurogane • Nissan Model 97 Staff Car • Type 98 Staff Car|
|Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun||Type 98 Ta-Se (truck)|
|Self-Propelled Anti-Tank Gun||Nissan 80|
|Amphibious Transport & Towing||Su-Ki Amphibious Truck|
|Motocycles||Model 97 Kurogane • Sanrinsha|