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[download Textbooks] In The Service of the Emperor: Essays on the Imperial Japanese Army (Studies in War, Society, and the Military)Author Edward J Drea –

Good English language materials on the Imperial Japanese Army IJA in World War II are disappointingly rare With the passing of Alvin Coox, Edward Drea is definitely the foremost Western authority This volume collects a number of very valuable articles that he published in the 1980s and early 1990s While recent work has brought clarification and amendment in some details, the value of his judgments and perspectives remains undimmed.A unique and very valuable feature is the many direct comparisons between the U.S Army and IJA, which do a great deal to illuminate both forces.The articles are Tradition and Circumstances The Imperial Japanese Army s Tactical Response to Khalkhin Gol, 1939 The Development of Imperial Japanese Army Amphibious Warfare Doctrine Imperial Japanese Army Strategy and the Pacific War 1941 1945 An Allied Interpretation of the Pacific War U.S Army and Imperial Japanese Army Doctrine during World War II Trained in the Hardest School Adachi Hatazo A Soldier of His Emperor A Signals Intercept Site at War Leyte Unanswered Questions Japanese Preparations for the Defense of the Homeland Intelligence Forecasting for the Invasion of Japan Previews of Hell Chasing a Decisive Victory Emperor Hirohito and Japan s War with the West 1941 1945 Every one is very worthwhile.This book is all but indispensable to a clear understanding of the Pacific War The publishing of aaffordable paperback edition is very welcome.Will O NeilPS Virtually the only other comprehensive work in English on the Japanese Army in World War II is Kogun The Japanese Army in the Pacific War, by Saburo Hayashi and Alvin Coox It is out of print and hard to find, but a text file is available on the Web Virtually anything written by Alvin Coox on the subject is well worth reading, and particularly his article The Pacific War in Vol 6 of The Cambridge History of Japan For an understanding of the Japanese Army as an institution, see Leonard Humphreys, The Way of the Heavenly Sword The Japanese Army in the 1920 s available fromas well as Shin ichi Kitaoka, The Army as a Bureaucracy Japanese Militarism Revisited, J Mil Hist., 57 5 67 86. While there has been quite a few histories of individual battles of the Pacific War, there have been few studies of the Imperial Japanese Army This is not only in striking contrast to the various studies of the Wehrmacht and the Waffen SS, but even in comparison with the Imperial Japanese Navy Evans and Peattie s Kaigun comes to mind.Drea s book is an admirable effort to start filling in some of those blanks His essay on General Adachi, for example, provides interesting background into how a typical Japanese officer s career went in this case, an officer who was not heavily politicized.Similarly, his discussion of how Japanese recruits underwent training provides important background into the mindset of soldiers This is indispensable in understanding the IJA as an institution and organization. Edward Drea s study of the Imperial Japanese Army is highly recommended for anyone in search of a basic understanding of the Japanese ground forces With so much written on the German military machine, a book like Drea s is most appreciated It provides a clear and concise description of the IJA s experience in China, and on the institutional failures which made defeat inevitable The author also provides much needed insight into why the Japanese continued to fight on in the face of seemingly hopeless odds Finally, the part on Japanese preparations for the US invasion of the home islands cannot be missed by anyone interested in the debate over the A bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Japan S War In Asia And The Pacific FromToContinues To Be A Subject Of Great Interest, Yet The Wartime Japanese Army Remains Little Understood Outside Japan Most Published Accounts Rely On English Language Works Written In The S And S The Japanese Language Sources Have Remained Relatively Inaccessible To Western Scholars In Part Because Of The Difficulty Of The Language, A Difficulty That Edward J Drea, Who Reads Japanese, Surmounts In A Series Of Searching Examinations Of The Structure, Ethos, And Goals Of The Japanese Military Establishment, Drea Offers New Material On Its Tactics, Operations, Doctrine, And Leadership Based On Original Military Documents, Official Histories, Court Diaries, And Emperor Hirohito S Own Words, These Twelve Essays Introduce Western Readers To Fifty Years Of Japanese Scholarship About The War And Japan S Military Institutions In Addition, Drea Uses Recently Declassified Allied Intelligence Documents Related To Japan To Challenge Existing Views And Conventional Wisdom About The War Edward J Drea Works In The Historical Office Of The Office Of The Secretary Of Defense He Is The Author Of MacArthur S ULTRA Codebreaking And The War Against Japan,