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4th Tank Division (Imperial Japanese Army)

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Active  1944–1945
Branch  Imperial Japanese Army
Garrison/HQ  Chiba, Chiba
Country  Empire of Japan
Type  Armored division
Nickname(s)  鋼=Hagane (Steel)
4th Tank Division (Imperial Japanese Army)

The 4th Tank Division (戦車第4師団, Sensha Dai-yon Shidan), was one of four armored divisions of the Imperial Japanese Army in World War II.


The 4th Tank Division was raised on July 6, 1944 in Chiba, near Tokyo. It lacked both infantry and self-propelled gun regiments. Similar to the German Panzer-Lehr-Division, it was created out of the training departments of the Armor School, Cavalry School, Field Artillery School and Military Engineering School of the Imperial Japanese Army Academy, its remaining students and staff. Assigned to the IJA 36th Army, it was assigned to the defense of the Japanese home islands against the projected Allied invasion. The 4th Tank Division based in Fukuoka on Kyushu had a "significant" number of the Type 3 Chi-Nu medium tanks available at its depot by the end of the war.

As an instructor's formation, it was seen as an elite unit and is equipped with the finest and most advanced armaments. Following Japan's surrender on Sept 3, 1945, the 4th Tank Division was officially demobilized with the rest of the Imperial Japanese Army, without having seen combat.


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