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I was recently looking at the Japanese wikipedia page for the Chi-Ha tank, and it had this section on the name of the tank: I have never heard of such nomenclature, and obviously I don't have access to such documents since I don't live in Japan. There is no reference for this part, so can anyone confirm that they actually did use "MTK" etc.?
Super Comrade's thread on telling Japs apart from Chinese got me thinking about a dramatic, obscure bit of US history; the story of the Japanese and the state of Hawaii. The Hawaiian Islands are a volcanic chain that's about dead in the middle of the Pacific. The islands have undergone significant weathering over millions of years, which means that the island of Oahu has a natural deep water port at Pearl Harbor. The volcanic soils are also rich in minerals, and this combined with the heavy rainfall makes the islands exceptionally fertile. Hawaii was first colonized by Polynesians so