on 30 October 2013
I inherited Battle Surface, by David Jenkins, in 1998 but have only recently read it. What I found to be truly enlightening is the detail of the cultural tenet of Emperor worship and how this instilled the sense of ultimate loyalty in young men and how the Imperial Rescript became their "sacred obligation to the Emperor". It is then easier to understand the fatalistic attitude of some Japanese aviators, sailors and marines.
Of particular personal interest is the detail of every submarine's activities around the entire Australian coast line, including the sinking of the steamship Wollongbar by I-180. The Wollongbar's Captain, Charles Benson, was my wife's Grandfather.
The balance of personal recollections from both sides of the conflict added interesting texture and context.
War history at it's very best!