Submarine: I-Class - Japan (Revised 2004)=

Submarine: I-Class - Japan (Revised 2004)=

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“I Class” Submarine

[B1, B2, & B3 Type]

Ship/ Class

Length

Beam

Disp.

Main Arm.

Speed

Range

#

Date

I-Class

[B1, B2, & B3 Type] SS

357’ (108.7 m)

31’ (9.3 m)

2,584 t

1x 140 mm & 6x TT

23.5

14,000 nm

29

1937

 

I Class Submarine

 

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

 

The Story of the I-Class Submarines:  The official Axis & Allies Operations Manual labels the German 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.

5 Stars
Mr
These subs make a nice update for my 1986 game, colors easier to distinguish from the Brits.
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