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I figured that instead of continuing to post threads for one off historical topics, I'd make a dedicated thread for me to dump some neat info in every now and then.
It will also offer a place for other Sama anons interested in history to post their anecdotes as well.

>Japanese engagements with Austria-Hungary

To me it's entirely bizarre to think that Japan came into direct conflict with the dual monarchy during the Great War. While Japan was on the side of the Allies, the Austro-Hungarian role outside of the Balkans was very small, however I've found at least two Naval engagements between the two countries.

Between September 5th and 6th, during the Siege of Tsingtao, a Japanese Farman MF.11 biplane launched from the Japanese seaplane carrier Wakamiya attempted to drop bombs by hand onto the Austro-Hungarian protected cruiser SMS Kaiserin Elisabeth, as well as a German gunboat, stationed in Qiaozhou Bay.
All bombs missed their mark and the Elisabeth's anti-air fire was also ineffectual, however it's noteworthy in that it was the first ever seaborne airstrike in history, and launched by the Japanese at that.

On June 11th, 1917, the Japanese destroyer Sakaki was torpedoed by the Austro-Hungarian submarine U-27 off of Crete.
While the Japanese suffered between 59 and 68 killed, more than half the crew, the Sakaki miraculously stayed afloat and was salvaged and repaired.
Other than the Siege of Tsingtao this engagement had the highest combat related casualties for the Japanese in the war.


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>Japanese military in Africa
Another bizarre thought to me would be the Japanese military in Africa, but as with Austria-Hungary there were instances of this too.

Between May 29th and 30th 1942, in Diego Suarez Harbor off the Northern coast of Madagascar, the Imperial Japanese Navy launched two midget-class submarines; M-16b and M-20b.
Each midget had a crew of two, armed only with Type-14 Nambu pistols and a single wakizashi sword, with the the M-20b being piloted by Lieutenant Saburo Akieda and Petty Officer Masami Takemoto.
Entering the harbor, M-20b torpedoed British battleship HMS Ramillies. Akieda must have thought he had destroyed the Ramillies, as he waited an hour while the British dropped depth charges before firing his second torpedo. When he fired his second torpedo at the Ramillies, the British oil tanker British Loyalty unknowingly backed into the torpedo's path, being struck and sinking.
H-20b, having used both of it's torpedos, attempted to leave the harbor, but ran aground at Nosy Antalikely. It's two crew were forced to go ashore and attempt to signal to their mother vessel, I-20, at Cape Amber.
However, on June 2nd they were finally found by the Royal Marines, and decided to make a last stand rather than surrender. Despite being armed with only pistols, they managed to kill one British marine and wound four before they themselves were killed.
M-16b was lost at Sea, most likely struck by a depth charge.

Also of note is that in 2011 the Japanese Self-Defense Forces established Base Djibouti in Kenya.
In July 2016, a Japanese Air Self-Defense Force Lockheed C-130H Hercules of the 401st Tactical Airlift Squadron was launched from the base to evacuate around 70 Japanese citizens from Juba, South Sudan after fighting broke out there. The base is still operational today.





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2019 anime short film about the Battle of Shumshu between the Soviets and Japan at the end of WWII, where the Kuril Islands.



Well the fact everyone actually talks with their respective languages is cool


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Excuse me Yuno,
you gave someone the ability to post .PDFs a while back as far as I recall.
I have numerous .PDFs for books relating to Japanese history. Could you consider giving me the ability to post .PDFs in this thread so I can provide a sizeable dump?


I don't think we ever got the ability to post PDFs, though I'd really like that.


Do you have any PDFs about the early IJN?


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Nothing specifically; however the stuff about the 1874 Expedition to Taiwan does include sections about the Japanese Navy; ships, Admirals and contact with the fledgling Qing Navy, namely.

However I do have two anecdotes that aren't .PDFs you may find interesting.
Firstly pic related, Jiunzo Matsumura, the first Japanese citizen to graduate the US Naval Academy.
Secondly, a former Confederate ironclad that was given to the fledgling Japanese Navy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_ironclad_K%C5%8Dtetsu

I hope these are of interest to you.


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1930s Imperial Japanese tank drones.


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