“Consists of recollections by Japanese survivors of this terrible campaign, who describe instances of poignant sacrifice, heroism, and occasional compassion shown toward the enemy on both sides....full of imagery and information on the Burma Theater and is recommended, especially for the military historian.”—Library Journal.
From war diaries and memoirs come first-person accounts of how the common soldier of the Imperial Japanese Army fared during the Second World War. The focus is on the Burma front, where nearly 200,000 of the 300,000 Japanese troops met their deaths. Their stories tell how they started out eager to conquer a faraway land, and how they came to feel isolated and virtually forgotten, with the constant battering by Allied air superiority and submarine attack.Blackwell North Amer
Over 305,000 Japanese soldiers fought in Burma between 1942 and 1945: 180,000 of them died. This book tells how the common soldier of the Imperial Japanese Army lived, fought and died in that terrible conflict. Here are straightforward accounts, sometimes moving, often shocking, of what it was like to fight a strange war in a strange country, far from home, short of food and weapons, confused, facing death from disease and starvation as well as enemy action.
Sixty-two 'tales', translated from the Japanese, trace the Burma campaign in chronological sequence and together offer a new perspective on a terrible war. Japanese soldiers, navy men, fighter pilots, and others were from a different culture, certainly, but they were not the devils of popular legend. Just like their enemies, they were frightened young men, fighting to the death a war they did not understand.
The Japanese are notoriously reticent about their involvement in the Second World War, and no similar volume has ever before been published, either in Japanese or English. Now, for the first time, the ordinary Japanese soldier tells his story.