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"Prepare the Chi-Ha-Tan Special Mass Charge!"
―Haru Tamada

Chi-Ha-Tan Academy is a Japanese-themed high school in Girls und Panzer. They operate Japanese WWII Tanks such as the Type 95 Ha-Go or variants of the Type 97 Chi-Ha.

Overview

Chi-Ha-Tan Academy is based in the Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

The school has links with local school-ship construction. The school was sandwiched between a rural area, which focused on breeding fine horses, and the industrial heartland, which included concentrated metalworks. The school has a fine archery and Naginata tradition, done on horseback.

Like many of the other Sensha-dō schools, Chi-Ha-Tan moved into tank driving after WW1 ended, and they started driving tanks Japan made themselves. The first instructors were WW1 veteran tank drivers.

The school once had a respectable Sensha-dō team, at the height of its prowess it even reached the finals. Recently, however, they have been repeatedly crushed in the first round. This defeat came in spite their did to improve their tank's performance, as the improvement focused more on equipment upgrades and less on training the students operating it.

The school culturally ended up with girls with strong maternal instincts. The school has a huge library that is renowned in the country, and students even publish their own books. And as mentioned earlier, they still have a fine equestrian tradition.

Uniform

Chi-Ha-Tan students have a brown uniform made up of a long tunic, high boots and an optional helmet. The tunic is worn with a mustard-yellow skirt. The lapels of the tunic are white in the case of the commanding officers, and dark red for everyone else. The uniform is resemblant of the Type 5 WWI fatigues of the IJA.

Tactics

Their primary "tactic" is a frontal suicide-charge against the enemy. This tactic is performed as much for tradition as for rational reasons, never takes into account the type and disposition of the enemy, and ignores factors such range, terrain or self-preservation. Every instance of a charge always ends with the destruction of a lot of their own tanks without really damaging the tanks of the other team. Chi-Ha-Tan are known, sometimes even expected, to throw away incredibly advantageous situations by charging recklessly.

While Chi-Ha-Tan's commanders do have a vague grasp on the concept of tactics and strategic timing, they give in easily to their emotions. Precisely because of their suicidal tactics, Chi-Ha-Tan has rarely had the experience of immobilising an enemy tank, and such an event is enough to overcome all but the most steadfast Chi-Ha-Tan commanders with disproportionate confidence, and cause them to charge to their collective demise. Ironically, a perceived lack of tactical success can also cause the same effect through frustration, turning a bad situation even worse.

Following some hands-on practical demonstrations courtesy of Duck Team, Chi-Ha-Tan started to recognise the potential of their team when employing effective tactics such as ambushes, defence in-depth and hit and run attacks. Their newfound strength was a true eye-opener for the strategists in the Sensha-dō team, but old traditions die hard, and many of the older commanders still feel that a charge is integral to the school's Sensha-dō spirit, with predictable results.

Background

Chi-Ha-Tan have long had a presence in the Sensha-dō community, with varied results. In the past, the team was considered a veritable threat to the other major schools, even coming within reach of the championship when in its prime. However, the school has on the whole failed to keep pace with its competitors, and is now considered nothing more than a minor participant. The school diligently takes part in the national tournament each year, but many years have passed since it qualified for anything other than the opening round.

Against Kuromorimine

Main article: Kuromorimine Girls High School vs. Chi-Ha-Tan Academy

The school is mentioned in a screen when the tournament's bracket is revealed, as Kuromorimine Girls High School's first opponents. The school deployed a single Type 95 Ha-Go alongside a host of Type 97 Chi-Ha variants. All of that was immediately rendered academic, however, when Chi-Ha-Tan elected to make a frontal charge against a prepared Kuromorimine firing line. The valiance of the Chi-Ha-Tan members did nothing to avert them from being utterly annihilated, and knocked out of the tournament in the first round.

Against St. Gloriana - Pravda

Main article: Girls und Panzer der Film

Chi-Ha-Tan sent a detachment to fight alongside Ooarai Girls High School for a friendly match against a compound team of Pravda and St. Gloriana, match that was see at the beginning of the movie. Kinuyo Nishi operated as a second in command to Ooarai's overall commander, Miho Nishizumi, and the combined force surrounded and nearly destroyed the enemy flag tank. However, one of the Chi-Ha-Tan tanks scoring a hit on an opposition Matilda hyped the members into an ecstatic frenzy, and the entire team (even those on defending duty) charged forward. Only one of the eight tanks that entered the battle wasn't destroyed in a suicide charge, and the actions of Chi-Ha-Tan were recognised as the principal reason for their side's eventual defeat.

Against Selection University

Main article: Girls und Panzer der Film

In support of Ooarai Girls High School against Selection University, Chi-Ha-Tan brought twenty-two tanks, failing to factor in that other schools were also bringing reinforcements as well. In the end, only six tanks, took part in the match; a Type 95 Ha-Go and five Type 97 Chi-Has, of which two were of the Shinhoto 'Kai' variant.

Chi-Ha-Tan had a bumpy start to the match. Attempting to hold a flank unsupported against enemy Pershing heavy tanks was already going downhill when several commanders lost their nerve and ordered a charge, resulting in the immediate loss of two vehicles.

When engaging enemies later in the theme park, the youngest commander on the team, Fukuda, suggested an alternative tactic that emulated Duck Team's guerrilla tactics observed in an earlier match. The use of hit and run ambushes initially proved effective against the unsuspecting university tanks. Once reinforcements were made available, Duck Team was able to join the Chi-Ha-Tan squadron, and Noriko Isobe personally coached them through the effective harassment and division tactics that saw great success, defeating two Pershings with no losses taken.

At the end of the match, however, Chi-Ha-Tan still resorted to a stock-standard charge against Alice Shimada's Centurion. The charge was made with a far more favourable tactical advantage on paper, but Chi-Ha-Tan still became the first of many Ooarai tanks to underestimate the Shimada-Style prodigy.

Notable Members

Chi-Ha-Tan
There four characters in Chi-Ha-Tan Academy who stand out above the rest.

Kinuyo Nishi

Main Article: Kinuyo Nishi

The overall commander of the Chi-Ha-Tan Academy Sensha-dō team. She is competitive and sometimes hotheaded, but can also be thoughtful and polite. The most level-headed of the school's commanders, she is also incredibly formal to the point of comicality. She commands a Type 97 Chi-Ha.

Haru Tamada

Main Article: Haru Tamada

She is the commander of a Type 97 Shinhoto Chi-Ha, as well as the vice-commander of Chi-Ha-Tan. A hot-blooded traditionalist who looks down on any tactic other than a charge, but will nonetheless defer to her senior commanding officer.

Hosomi

Main Article: Hosomi

She is the commander of a Type 97 Chi-Ha. She is easily recognizable due to her unusual hairstyle (victory roll).

Fukuda

Main Article: Fukuda

She is the commander of the Type 95 Ha-Go. She is a bespectacled junior member. Eager to follow her seniors' example by charging towards the enemy, but is often stopped by the Ooarai team members from doing so. She later learned to emulate Oarai team's tactics and advises Nishi-san.

Minor Characters

Nagura

Main Article: Nagura

She is the commander of a Type 97 Shinhoto Chi-Ha.

Hamada

Main Article: Hamada

She is the commander of a Type 97 Shinhoto Chi-Ha.

Teramoto

Main Article: Teramoto

She is the radio-operator of Hosomi's Type 97 Chi-Ha. She also seems to love photography, as she often carry an ancient photographic camera.

Ikeda

Main Article: Ikeda

She is the commander of a Type 97 Chi-Ha.

Kubota

She is the commander of a Type 97 Chi-Ha.

Vehicles Operated

Tanks

Theme Music

Trivia

  • Chi-Ha-Tan Academy, along with its overall commander, Kinuyo Nishi, is mentioned in OVA 6 when Nishi sent a congratulatory letter to Ooarai Girls High School.
  • Their suicide charge is based off the Japanese Banzai Charge, a form of the human wave tactic usually depicted as an honourable alternative to surrender.
  • Their theme song, Yuki no Shingun, is the song Erwin and Yukari sing while scouting during the battle Ooarai vs. Pravda in the Episode 9 of the series. An instrumental version of it is played during the movie.
  • Implied to have an extremely strict schedule, especially in regards to food served, as pickled vegetables, stuffed Onigiri and boiled dishes are considered delicacies by the students.
    • Likely a reference to the supply situation in Japan in the closing stages of WWII.
  • Their school ship is based on and named after the Akagi, an aircraft-carrier part of the 1st Carrier Fleet nicknamed "Kido Butai" of the Imperial Japanese Navy that launch the attack on Pearl harbor. The Akagi met her demise during the Battle of Midway.
  • The word retreat literally isn't in their vocabulary. They use the terminology, "advance (charge) to the rear!" instead.
  • The name of the school is based on a Japanese WW2 Tank, the Type 97 Chi-Ha.
  • Their commanders exhibit a tendency to exclaim: "It's shameful!" when reporting knocked out friendly units.
  • Ironically, even though their motto is to always charge, it appears that the girls of Chi-Ha-Tan are actually quite bashful when it comes to love, as seen in the 4-koma spinoff.

Gallery

Tanks

  • Type 97 Chi-Ha
  • Type 95 Ha-Go
  • Type 97 Chi-Ha Shin Ho To
  • Type 2 Ka-Mi Amphibious Tank

Others

Schools in Girls und Panzer ☰ 
Schools in The Anime Series Anzio Girls High SchoolKuromorimine Girls High SchoolOoarai Girls High SchoolPravda Girls High SchoolSaunders Girls High SchoolSt. Gloriana Girls High School
Schools in Der Film Chi-Ha-Tan AcademyJatkosota High SchoolSelection University
Schools in The Mangas BC Freedom High SchoolBellwall AcademyBonple High School ♦ Gilbert High School ♦ Maginot Girls' AcademyTategoto High School ♦ Tatenashi Girls High School ♦ West Kureoji Grona High School
Schools in Supplemental Material Blue Division High SchoolCount High SchoolGregor High SchoolKoala Forest High SchoolMaple High SchoolViggen High SchoolViking Fisheries High SchoolWaffle AcademyYogurt Academy

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