Soldiers of the Sun: The Rise and Fall of the Imperial Japanese Army

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Random House, 1991 - History - 569 pages
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The Imperial Japanese Army was a legend in its own time. To the defenders of Singapore and Bataan, its soldiers were demonic supermen. The willingness of Japan consistently to fight to the last man remains a benchmark of courage today. Yet these heroes of Saipan and Iwo Jima were also capable of unparalleled bestiality -- the rape of Nanking, the use of slave labor on the Burma-Siam Railway, gross neglect and brutalization of prisoners-of-war, and a ruthless counterinsurgency campaign against Mao's communists. In attempting to resolve that paradox, the authors have traced the origins of the Imperial Army back to its samurai roots in nineteenth-century Japan to tell the story of the rise and fall of this extraordinary military force. They describe the command structure, the strategies, weaponry, and training, the brutality, that pervaded the daily lives of the men, and the slow deterioration of the officer corps. Drawing on Japanese, English, French, and American sources, the authors penetrate the lingering haze of wartime enmity and propaganda to lay bare the true character of the Imperial Army as it evolved, shedding light on the processes that have shaped Japan and Asia as they exist today.

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SOLDIERS OF THE SUN: The Rise and Fall of the Imperial Japanese Army

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``How was it possible,'' the husband-and-wife Harrieses ask about the Imperial Japanese Army, ``for an organization displaying the highest of soldierly qualities to possess such a capacity for ... Read full review

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About the author (1991)

Meirion and Susie Harries began their writing partnership in 1979 and have since co-authored six books, as well as articles on Japanese security and environmental policy for English and Japanese newspapers. This is their second book on Japanese history. They live in England.

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