The Japanese were behind other major powers in the development of wartime construction equipment, but late in World War II this bulldozer was used in expanding airfields and roads in the shrunken Empire.
Join me for a brief look at the sort of machine many of us take for granted.
I must admit to knowing nothing about this sort of equipment. At least until I read the brief write up on the kit instruction sheet! Seriously, its not even on Wikipedia.
But according to Tamiya, the Japanese had no such construction equipment at the start of World War II. Airfields and other construction were done by hand tools. When the Japanese captured bulldozers during their rapid blitz across the Pacific early the war they recognized their own deficiency pretty quickly. So in early 1942, the Komatsu Company, which was known for producing agricultural tractors, was ordered to design and produce a bulldozer for the Japanese military.
Starting in late 1943 the first of 150 were delivered for the Army and Navy. Post War, several thousand more were built to rebuild the island nation. Today Komatsu is a major manufacturer of construction equipment.