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Old August 28th, 2014, 02:42 AM   #1

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Imperial Japanese Army Air Service or Imperial Japanese navy Air service


Please tell me or compare the roles played by these two different services which played more important role in Pacific-East and South East Asian theater of WW2.

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Old August 28th, 2014, 03:36 AM   #2

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The difference was that one answered to the Army chain of command and one to the Navy. Accordingly, the naval air service used different aircraft, was staffed by all naval personnel-many of whom had served on battleships, cruisers, destroyers, etc, and tasked with different tactical roles.
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Please tell me or compare the roles played by these two different services which played more important role in Pacific-East and South East Asian theater of WW2.
The Japanese Army and Navy were terrible at cooperating with each other. Not surprising as they were terrible with cooperating with their own government. So there was costly redundancy. The Japanese Army had a fair size naval contingent because they didn't feel they could rely on the Navy to transport troops and supplies.

As to which force dominated a combat zone that took up a good sized chunk of the planet's surface, you'd need to say "where?" The Japanese Navy's air units were involved in the fighting in China, to gain experience and say "See? We're fighting too!" The Army frequently took over defense duties in newly conquered territories.
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Old August 28th, 2014, 06:10 PM   #4

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I recommend you track down a copy of USSBS Report #62 - Japanese Air Power. Somewhat dated, but a succinct overview. I snagged one off the web somewhere, but damme if I can remember where . . . some cleverly worded searches might do the trick; failing that, Abebooks has it on CD for $5 US.

Later . . .
Try this . . .
http://www.scribd.com/doc/60048408/U...-Air-Power-OCR

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