By Bill Yenne
The German blitzkrieg shocked the area in 1939-1940, and so too did the japanese "blitzkrieg" of 1941-1942 within the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaya, and Burma. even if, the impressive eastern land offensive regarding operations of similar scope and complexity has acquired just a fraction of the eye. this can be the tale of that campaign.
One of the few histories that tells the tale of the Pacific warfare from the japanese aspect, this can be the long-awaited evaluation of the years while the Imperial eastern military (IJA) used to be accomplishing its doubtless unstoppable floor crusade within the a ways East. It contains large history and biographical info on jap commanders, together with Homma and Yamashita.
In simply 8 weeks following December 7, 1941, the IJA driven the american citizens out of the Philippines, and defeated the British to captured Manila, Hong Kong, the Malay Peninsula, and the good bastion at Singapore--called the "Gibraltar of the East." additionally they pressured the capitulation and profession of Siam and the profession of Burma. A month later, the japanese had extra the Netherlands East Indies, with a space and intensity of normal assets greater than two times that of Japan, to their trophy case.
In The Imperial eastern military, writer invoice Yenne recounts how the IJA confronted and surmounted technical demanding situations that the Wehrmacht didn't have--transportation. while many of the German conquests have been available via highways or rail traces, all the IJA operations required send shipping, and such a lot required amphibious landings. for instance, within the Malay Peninsula crusade, the IJA famously used bicycles for the force on Singapore.
Unlike such a lot histories of the Pacific struggle that concentrate on the Allied event, The Imperial eastern military examines the yr of victory from the japanese standpoint, while the strong eastern naval and flooring forces swept all ahead of them either through the Pacific and on mainland Asia.
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No one in Tokyo, from the Imperial Palace to the Imperial General Headquarters, wanted to see a vacuum in Manchuria into which either Chiang’s Nationalists or the Soviet Union could flow, but their hands were tied. However, for the Kwantung Army, it was merely a setback that could and would be rectified. When he assumed command of the Kwantung Army in August 1931, Lieutenant General Shigeru Honjo ordered his troops to develop contingency plans for full-scale operations to make sure that things went Japan’s way next time.
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Within the Japanese, metaphysical intuition and animalistic, instinctive urges lay side by side. Thus philosophy was brutalized and brutality was philosophized. The assassinations and other bloody acts committed by the rebels [of the 1936 revolt] were inspired by idealism; and the [IJA] soldiers who sailed to China [in 1937] to save the Orient for the Orient ended by slaughtering thousands of fellow Orientals in Nanking. Indeed, Nanking was another milepost on the road to World War II because Japanese aggression in China would result later in the United States turning the economic screws on Japan, which was growing desperate for natural resources.
The Imperial Japanese Army The Invincible Years 1941-1942 by Bill Yenne