Tales by Japanese Soldiers
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Tales by Japanese Soldiers by Kazuo Tamayama
Book DescriptionAn absolutely unique book, this is the Second World War in Burma as seen through the eyes of ordinary Japanese soldiers Over 305,000 Japanese soldiers fought in Burma between 1942 and 1945; 180,000 of them died. This book, uniquely, 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 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, but they were not the devils of popular legend. Just like their enemies, they were scared young men, fighting to the death a war they didn't understand.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780304359783
(152mm x 199mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Cassell military
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publish Date: 11-Oct-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Kazuo Tamayama
Railwaymen in the War, Hardback (November 2004)» View all books by Kazuo Tamayama
The Japanese railway soldiers, who built the notorious Burma-Thailand railway in 1942-43, earned an unenviable reputation for brutality, but they have not hitherto told their own story. This is the first book to bring to light the testimonies of the soldiers of the Emperor.
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Author Biography - Kazuo Tamayama
Dr Kazuo Tamayama is secretary of the Japan-British Society, is actively involved in the reconciliation of the Japanese and British peoples, and was awarded an honorary MBE in 1998. John Nunneley fought the Japanese in Burma, and was wounded in 1944. He is chairman of the Burma Campaign Fellowship Group, which exists to promote British-Japanese friendship.
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