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"Organization of Japanese AA Regiment" from Tactical and Technical Trends

A report on the organization of Japanese antiaircraft units, from Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 32, August 26, 1943.

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Recent evidence has thrown light on the organization of Japanese antiaircraft units about which little was previously known.

The organization of an AA regiment is believed to be as follows:

[Organization of Japanese AA Regiment]

A battalion therefore consists of 12 guns and a regiment of 24 guns plus a number of 20-mm AA/MGs. AA regiments are army troops, the battalion normally being the tactical unit.

In the Southwest Pacific the Japanese appear to have frequently used two-gun positions with AA/MGs sited near the guns. In Burma, however, four-gun positions appear to have been more normal.


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