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Blood and Bushido: Japanese Atrocities at Sea, 1941-1945 [Hardcover]

Bernard Edwards


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1 July 1997
Imperial Japan's wartime attrocities left a bloody stain on the waters of the Pacific. These are stories that might have slipped beneath the waves of history had Bernard Edwards not written this important book. It is not a pleasant read as Blood and Bushido vividly recounts the barbaric actions of Japan's navy in the wake of its attacks on Allied shipping, but it is essential reading for all those who want to try and understand what happened to civilised behaviour, on both sides, during World War 2. As Edwards explains, the ancient Japanese warrior code of Bushido - under which capture is forbidden - was in stark and lethal contrast to the humane code of conduct traditionally honoured by seafarers. Anyone unfortunate enough to fall victim to to the Imperial Navy paid a terrible price, including the ramming of lifeboats, the machine-gunning of survivors and the bayoneting and beheading of captured crew members. Edwards draws on the dramatic accounts of Allied survivors and pays tribute to those who perished during the brutal war at sea in the Pacific.

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  • Hardcover: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Brick Tower Press; New Ed edition (1 July 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883283183
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883283186
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.6 x 2.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 398,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Blood and Bushido was recently re-released by Doubleday as their Military Book Club book of the month.

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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars STORIES THAT HAVE TO BE TOLD! 30 May 2014
By TR-DIORAMA - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
TO THIS DAY MANY JAPANESE HAVE A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE OF THE EVENTS OF WWII. WRITEN BY AUSTRALIANS IT GIVES GRUSOME EVENTS OF THE JAPANESE SUBMARINE COMMANDERS IN AND AROUND AUSTRALIA.
4.0 out of 5 stars A quick, very interesting read. 2 April 2012
By Neal A. Wellons - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The book description above gives a good overview of what the book covers. The author makes the stories very interesting and hard to put down, much like a good fiction book. The stories cover a number of specific merchant marine attacks, mostly in the Indian ocean area and are pretty graphic. It is not a book that makes you admire the Japanese in WWII but in the epilogue, the author moderates the gut wrenching wartime realism with an overview of his time spent in Japan after the war.
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