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Daihatsu-class Landing Craft

CountryJapan
BuilderHatsudoki Seizo Company, Limited
Length47 feet
Beam10 feet
Draft3 feet
MachineryOne diesel engine rated at 60hp
Speed8 knots
Range100nm at 7.5 knots, 50nm at 8.5 knots
Crew12
ArmamentOptional 2x light machine guns, optional 2x or 3x 25mm/60 anti-aircraft guns

Contributor:

This article refers to the entire Daihatsu-class; it is not about an individual vessel.

ww2dbaseThe Daihatsu-class landing craft design, short for okata hatsudo kitei (large motorized boat; the leading "o" changes to "dai" when taken apart from the rest of word), was developed by the Japanese Army to deliver troops and supplies onto beaches. The bow of these landing craft were hinged and could be lowered as ramps. Each of these 21-ton craft could carry one light tank, 70 men, or 10 tons of general cargo. They were constructed of metal, and were powered by diesel engines. 3,229 examples were ordered by the Japanese Army.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia

Photographs

Australian Army engineers with a captured Daihatsu-class landing craft, Milne Bay, Sep 1942Wrecked Japanese landing craft, Gavutu Beach, Guadalcanal, Aug-Sep 1942Dead Japanese soldiers and wrecked Daihatsu-class landing craft on Buna beach, New Guinea, 1943Two wrecked Japanese Daihatsu-class landing craft at Scarlet Beach, Finschhafen, New Guinea, 17 Oct 1943, photo 1 of 2
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Australian Army engineers with a captured Daihatsu-class landing craft, Milne Bay, Sep 1942
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