Human Bullets: A Soldier's Story of Port Arthur

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U of Nebraska Press, 1999 - History - 269 pages
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The impact of the Russo-Japanese War of 1904?5 was incalculable. It was the first victory by an Asian power over a European one since the Mongol invasions of the thirteenth century. Japanese victory was ascribed to the "spirit" of the Japanese people, which helped their soldiers to overcome superior numbers and technology. A fascinating glimpse into prevailing nationalistic and militaristic attitudes in early-twentieth-century Japan, Human Bullets is also an engaging story of combat and an excellent source of insights about a relatively obscure but immensely influential conflict. Tadyoshi Sakurai was a junior officer in the Japanese campaign against Port Arthur, Russia?s ice-free port in China. His account is an interesting introduction to the concept of yamato-damashii, or "traditional Japanese spirit." This spirit was something greater than mere high morale. Japanese soldiers were the emperor?s "human bullets." Like bullets, they were unconcerned with victory, comfort, or self-preservation, existing only to strike the enemy.
  

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Contents

MOBILIZATION
3
OUR DEPARTURE
14
THE VOYAGE
22
A DANGEROUS LANDING
27
THE VALUE OF PORT ARTHUR
37
THE BATTLE OF NANSHAN
42
NANSHAN AFTER THE BATTLE
52
DIGGING AND SCOUTING
63
THE BATTLE OF TAIPOSHAN
126
THE OCCUPATION OF TAIPOSHAN
137
THE FIELD AFTER THE BATTLE
147
THE FIRST AID STATION
158
FOLLOWING UP THE VICTORY
166
THE STORMING OF TAKUSHAN
174
SUN FLAG ON TAKUSHAN
184
PROMOTION AND FAREWELLS
194

THE FIRST CAPTIVES
70
OUR FIRST BATTLE AT WAITUSHAN
77
THE OCCUPATION OF KENZAN
84
COUNTERATTACKS ON KENZAN
89
ON THE DEFENSIVE
100
LIFE IN CAMP
110
SOME BRAVE MEN AND THEIR MEMORIAL
118
THE BEGINNING OF THE GENERAL ASSAULT
204
A RAIN OF HUMAN BULLETS 314
214
THE FORLORN HOPE 927
227
LIFE our OF DEATH
239
APPENDICES 957
257
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This long-overlooked, classic memoir of the Japanese military is introduced by Roger J. Spiller, the George C. Marshall Professor of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Spiller is the general editor of Dictionary of American Military Biography and Combined Arms in Action since 1939.

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