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Imperial Japanese Special Naval Landing Force

The Japanese Special Naval Landing Forces (SNLF) were the marine troops of
the Imperial Japanese Navy.

Due to the deep distrust the Japanese Army and Navy had for each other, joint
operations were all but out of the question and the Navy created the Special
Naval Landing Forces as a result. First seeing action in 18932 during the
'Shanghai Incident' of the Sino-Japanese War, the SNLF were highly trained,
high quality troops with excellent morale. Each SNLF formation was named after
the base in which it as formed.

Naval troops wore uniforms of a similar cut to those of the Army, but in
olive drab rather than the Armyƒ??s khaki and with black rather than brown
boots. This makes a unit of SNLF stand out nicely from the Army units in your
force, adding greater variety as well as no mean performance.

The SNLF spearheaded the landings in the Philippines and the Dutch East
Indies, as the Japanese forces cut a swathe across the Pacific with great
success. When faced with determined resistance, such as at the invasion of Timor
and the Battle of Milne Bay in 1942, they often experienced heavy casualties due
to their unwillingness to surrender. When completely out of ammunition, they
would often resort to hand-to-hand fighting with their swords.

A 6th US Marine Division intelligence report prior to the landing at Tarawa
in August 1943 stated 'Naval units of this type are usually more highly
trained, and have a greater tenacity and fighting spirit than the average
Japanese Army unit.'

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