Type 94 Te Ke Tankette
The Type 94 Te Ke Tankette was based on the Carden-Loyd Mark VIb which Japan had purchased earlier. Known as Tokushu Keninsha (TK) meaning special tractor. The Tankette entered service in 1934. The engine was in the front with the driver to the right, the commader stood at the back with his own small (unpowered) turret. Like many armoured vehicles intended to operate in hot conditions it was given asbestos insulation to protect the occupants. Attached to each infantry division with a tracked trailer that could be towed behind to carry supplies. The Type 94 Te Ke saw action in the Pacific War but was replaced by the slighly improved Type 97 Te Ke. Regardless, some Type 94 Te Ke tankettes remained in service until the end of the Pacific War.
Crew Two (driver, commander/loader)
Weight 3.4 tons
Engine 4 cylinder air cooled Mitsubishi
Armament 5.5mm machine gun or 7.7mm machine gun (turret)