Although they have a slow rate of fire, the Japanese Sogekihei (狙撃兵, "Sniper" or "Sharpshooter") sharpshooters have the longest range of any infantry and can do severe damage in groups of three or four. They have the same elite weapons as the Russian heavy infantry and the French elite infantry. Unfortunately, these weapons take time to reload, and other infantry can close in while they are reloading. Coupled with their superb range, they can wipe out all types of infantry from afar. Unfortunately, they have poor anti-tank capacity and when assaulted at close range by infantry they are very vulnerable.
Trained as sharpshooters, the Sogekihei were heavily-motivated volunteers. They were trained in the art of camouflage and concealment and proved very skilled in remaining still for long periods of time. They were equipped with the Type 99 sniper rifle (sniper adaptation of the widely-used Type 99 rifle) and/or the Type 97 sniper rifle. Excelling at picking off commanders and platoon sergeants, the Sogekehei were a frightening force to deal with.
Tips and tacticsEdit
- Using a group of these combined with the Konoe light infantry as close support is a good way to clog up a choke point with minimum resources required.
- Could be used with radio silence to get deep behind enemy lines and attack convoys, artillery, anti-tank guns, etc.
The Sogekihei are equipped with the Type 99 sniper rifle.