Japanese Infantryman 1937–45

Sword of the Empire

Japanese Infantryman 1937–45 cover

Japanese Infantryman 1937–45

Sword of the Empire

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This book examines in detail the Japanese Infantryman who was, despite comparisons with the notorious German Waffen SS, an enigma to Westerners. Brutal in its treatment of prisoners as well as the inhabitants of the areas that it conquered, the Imperial Japanese Army also had exacting standards for its own men - strict codes of honor compelled Japanese soldiers to fight to the death against the more technologically advanced Allies. Identifying the ways in which the Japanese soldier differed from his Western counterpart, the author explores concepts such as Bushido, Seppuku, Shiki and Hakko Ichi-u in order to understand what motivated Japanese warriors.

Table of Contents

Introduction · Chronology · Conscription · Training · Appearance · Equipment · Barracks Life · On Campaign · Belief and Belonging · Museums and Collections · Color Plate Commentary · Glossary · Bibliography · Index

Product details

Published 10 Aug 2005
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781841768182
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 40 b/w; 26 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Warrior
Short code WAR 95
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Gordon L. Rottman

Gordon L. Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, v…

Illustrator

Michael Welply

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