Submarine: I Class - Japan (Pacific 1940)
Submarine: I Class - Japan (Pacific 1940)

Submarine: I Class - Japan (Pacific 1940)

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“I Class” Submarine

[B1, B2, & B3 Type]

Ship/ Class




Main Arm.






[B1, B2, & B3 Type] SS

357’ (108.7 m)

31’ (9.3 m)

2,584 t

1x 140 mm & 6x TT


14,000 nm




I Class Submarine


ID: Plastic cruiser gaming piece: I class submarine from the game Axis & Allies Pacific 40.


The Story of the I-Class Submarines:  The official Axis & Allies Operations Manual labels the Japanese submarine piece as the “I-class.”  This is a bit confusing, as most of the Japanese submarines were labeled “I-“ plus a number, so this is a bit like calling the US submarine the “SS-class” submarine.  Perhaps the best fit, though, would be the “B-type” series (B1, B2, B3) of submarines, which also happened to be the most numerous type of submarines.  Being among the most numerous “types” of submarine in the Imperial Japanese Navy was a very different proposition than being among the most numerous US or German submarines, though; the Japanese built a tremendous variety of submarines, but didn’t truly mass-produce them on the scale of the German allies or American enemies.  Really getting to know Japanese World War II submarines is almost a field of study all by itself!  The B series were very large submarines with tremendous range and impressive capabilities.  The main thing that hampered Japanese submarine captains during the war, however, was a poor strategy.  The Japanese valued attacks on warships over attacks on freighters and logistic ships to such an extent that their very real potential for disrupting US supply lines was barely made much use of.  On the other hand, the Japanese reluctance to adopt a convoy system from American submarines left them very open to just such a threat... a major mistake for an island nation, and especially one for which oil supplies were so critical. 


Usage Notes: Use this piece for “Global 1939” and “Invasion of Italy” Variants as a submarine unit.  Other Japanese warships of interest may be: Yamato class battleship, Shinano class carrier & Takao class cruiser.

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Historical Game Pieces for my new A&A41 Game
I bought these to use in my AA41 game that I have on pre-order. While I am excited about the new game with it's shorter play time and new cool sculpts, I was dissapointed that they gave the same sculpt types to the axis and allied players. What to do? Why HBG has the answer!!! I fitted out my soon to arrive games with historically accurate game pieces at a very reasonable price. THANKS HBG!!!
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