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The Japanese Army 1931-45 (2): 1942-45 (Men-at-Arms) [Paperback]

By Philip S. Jowett & Stephen Andrew (Illustrator)
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Pages   48
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.2" Width: 7" Height: 9.75"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 25, 2002
Publisher   Osprey Publishing
ISBN  1841763543  
EAN  9781841763545  

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Within months of its greatest triumph in 1942, the Japanese Imperial Army began to face the difficulties which would eventually destroy it - overstretched supply lines, and inadequate industrial support. Yet as the Allies grew steadily stronger and more skilful during World War II (1939-1945), the Japanese Army and Naval Landing Forces dug in to defend their conquests with a determination which shocked all who fought them. In this second book the author describes the deployments, organisation, uniforms and equipment of the Army - including the dreaded Kempei-tai military police - the naval infantry, paratroopers, special raiding units, and foreign auxiliaries during the long and savage war in Burma and the Pacific. His text is illustrated with many rare photographs, three insignia charts, and eight highly detailed colour plates.
"Although the book is very brief in its description of the JIA's military background, organization and character (due to that information being kept within the series' previous installment), its brilliant artwork coupled with detailed descriptions is a treasure trove for any modeller interested in the subject." -Chas Young, Armorama (March 2008)
Philip S. Jowett was born in Leeds in 1961, and has been interested in military history for as long as he can remember. His original interest lies in small and little-known wars and armies; before beginning his series on the Italian Army of World War II he was the author of the much praised MAA 306: Chinese Civil War Armies 1911-49. A rugby league enthusiast and amateur genealogist, he is married and lives in Leeds.

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Interesting book   Sep 5, 2008
I was highly facinated with Letters from Iwo Jima so I got this little book and its companion in order to understand what I was seeing in the film. Unlike the German army there really isn't that much information available on the Japanese forces of WWII. I suppose Germans make better villeins where as the Japanese have always been copiers throughout the twentieth century though their attrocities in the field were among some of the most savage of the war.

This book and its companion are highly informative in regards to uniforms, equipment and organization. As such I would say it is a must for those interested in the subject. However I wish they had put more out on the Gunzoku auxilieries other than what they had on Korean prison guards since both Army and Navy had them as civillian Labor troops and other auxiliaries. (Perhaps another book on this subject might be produced). Overall I would say these two are good books to have.
The Japanese Army 1931-45 (Volume 2, 1942-45)   Jan 3, 2008
Not bad, more of a focus on the "special forces" in the later war period. The fact that the Japanese army was so spread out, and had such a complicated supply situation, means that the typical Osprey painting advice does not apply as much here.
A good reference for small details  Sep 24, 2007
This like the other titles in Osprey's "Men at Arms" series is devoted to the minutia of the soldiers' equipment, uniforms, and life in the military. The difference in quality between these various volumes is quite small- they are all packed with information. None of them pretend to be histories of campaigns or wars. This particular volume covers well, the pre- WWII era to early war of the Japanese Army. It is not a subject on which a great deal is written. I was hoping for some more photos of the Manchurian army and Nomonhan event in particular, than was included in this book. Stephen Andrew's illustrations are among the better in Ospreys' series, but I do think he could do better faces. And I have found some contradictory photo evidence to the descriptions of the uniforms. One last point, since many of us who purchase these volumes use them for reference in modelling and painting would be that they include fairly accurate color samples of the uniforms and equipment rather than descriptive words like brown and khaki which are just too generic; or at least some assurance the color artwork is based on some substantial evidence. All in all this is a really great volume and I would highly recomend it to anyone interested in the Japanese soldier of the 30's and early WWII.
A good reference on a little documented subject  Oct 14, 2004
I thought that this was one of Osprey's better books in the "Warrior" series. Some excellent information on unit structure and the various unifroms worn by the Japanese soldiers of this period that is hard to come by in english language references. A previous reviewer criticized the book for spending too much time on the "minutia" of Japanese military uniforms and not enough on tactics. This is, however, akin to complaining that an apple does not taste like an orange; these books are not meant to discuss tactics or campaigns, but are intended to focus on the "minutia" of uniforms and personal equipment. The brief format does not really allow the subject matter to range too far. Anyone interested in more information on Japanese tactics in WW2 should consider some of the excellent Osprey "Campaign" series of books, including ones on Iwo Jima and Peleilui.
Almost No Information on Tactics or Doctrine  Feb 16, 2002
Volume 1 of Osprey's Men-at-Arms title on the Japanese Army in Second World War is the first of two thin volumes that will cover this often-neglected subject. While the color uniform plates are excellent as always, the rest of the volume is rather bland and without much unique detail. For readers interested in Japanese uniforms of the Second World War, this volume is quite good but for the military historian, it is a disappointment.

The volume begins with a brief background on the Japanese strategic situation and the nature of Japanese soldiers. An excellent 4-page section covers the organization of Japanese army units from army-level down to platoon. Unfortunately, six pages are then wasted in a generalized chronology that astounds the reader with facts like Pearl Harbor was bombed on December 7, 1941. Osprey seems not to grasp the fact that anyone having enough interest in the Japanese army in the Second World War to purchase this volume will probably be aware of the basic chronology of the war and prefer the limited space to concentrate on the subject. Another 11 excruciatingly dull pages are spent discussing the finer points of Japanese army uniforms and ancillary items, including minutiae like armbands and optional footwear. Only three quick pages cover all weaponry, from pistols to artillery; tanks are ignored. There is virtually no discussion of Japanese tactics or doctrine, except for one or two paragraphs intermixed in the chronology section, and this is an unpardonable error in this kind of volume. The fact that the author buries the reader under a mass of near-useless information about various types of Japanese field jackets and then neglects to mention how these troops were trained or fought is ludicrous. Perhaps the second volume in this series will make amends, but that appears doubtful.

On the plus side, the author does provide some order of battle data on the Japanese army in China and in December 1941, as well as sidebars on Japanese military terminology. While the author does discuss the three different types of Japanese infantry division, there is little information on independent brigades or unique qualities of any specific units. Japanese corps and army level organization is ignored, as well as the relationship with Japanese army aviation. Issues like soldier psychology, training, officer selection, military intelligence and logistic support are skimmed over or ignored altogether. This volume is certainly colorful and the subject interesting, but it does not deliver much.


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