The armor protection on almost all parts of the half-track was 8mm thick and the armament were three Type 97 MGs. The positions of these guns was somewhat of a problem because it was impossible to fire to the rear or the front.
The Ho-ha had a Bell Crank suspension system and the weight was about 5,443.1 kg. The length was 6.1 meters and the width was 2.1 meters. The Type 1 was based on the German Hanomag or SdKfz 251/1, but it had many differences. One of these differences was that the Type 1 could carry three more people. One of the unique features of the Ho-Ha was that it had a towing hitch for towing artillery. There were no variants of the Ho-Ha and production was limited.
The Ho-Ha was designed in 1941 although it was first produced in 1944. The Ho-Ha was meant to be a an infantry carrier that would protect troops against enemy fire. Very few were deployed, but some were sent to China and Japan. One of the only uses of the Ho-Ha in combat was in the Philippines. The ho-Ha was not the only APC used by Japan however, the Type 1 Ho-Ki was also used in limited numbers.
- ↑ http://www3.plala.or.jp/takihome/ho-ha.htm
- ↑ http://ww2drawings.jexiste.fr/Files/1-Vehicles/Axis/3-Japan/08-Halftracks/Type1_Ho-Ha/Type1_Ho-Ha.htm
- ↑ http://web.archive.org/web/20080828140526/http://www.honved.com/senshansupport.html