Results of a Botched Attack
Both sides used their newest armoured vehicles during the battle of Khalkin-Gol. From the Soviet side, the conflict was the first time the BT-7 tank and the BA-10 and BA-20 armoured cars saw battle. Several of these were captured by the Japanese. A captured BT-7 with a conical turret gave the Japanese some ideas. After familiarizing themselves with it, the Japanese began working on an improved version of the Type 97 medium tank, more often known as the Shinhoto Chi-Ha.
The battle at the border of Mongolia and Manchuria, known in Japan as the Nomonhan Incident, marked the debut of many Japanese fighting machines as well. Here, medium Type 97 Chi-Ha tanks first saw battle, as well as many Type 95 Ha-Go light tanks. Out of the 87 tanks in the Kwantung Army, 35 of them were of this type.
In total, armoured car crews claimed 19 tanks, and the BT-5s claimed 6. Lieutenant Alymov's platoon distinguished itself, not only knocking out 2 tanks, but helping infantry from the 149th Rifle Regiment tow a captured vehicle to the rear. This was Lieutenant Ito's Ha-Go from the 4th Tank Regiment.