The Japanese Special Naval Landing Forces (SNLF), were the marine troops of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) and were a part of the IJN Land Forces. They saw extensive service in the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945) and the Pacific theatre of World War II.
SNLF in Days of Infamy Edit
The Special Naval Landing Force were soldiers of the Imperial Navy, easily distinguishable from their army counter parts because they wore olive-drab uniforms and their black leather boots, rather than khaki and brown leather boots. Many in the Army turned their noses up at the SNLF, because they were Navy men attempting to do the Army's job. Corporal Takeo Shimizu believed they made good occupation troops, but didn't fare so well when actually fighting.
Although they never took part in the landings on Hawaii, they were brought in to bolster the garrison, mainly around the Iolani Palace, where they could be seen, drilling on the parade grounds. Many residents in Hawaii found them to be both meaner and jumpier than regular army soldiers and stayed clear of them whenever possible.
When the US returned to liberate the islands in 1943, the SNLF garrison was thrown into the fight, viciously fighting street to street in Honolulu against the US Marines. Although they fought with great ferocity, they were eventually forced out of Honolulu, making their last stand in Waikiki. All of the soldiers were killed.