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The Faraway War: Personal Diaries Of The Second World War In Asia And The Pacific Paperback – 2 Nov 2010
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"One of the most detailed studies of memoirs of the Second World War in the Pacific" (Daily Telegraph)
Now in paperback, Aldrich's second fascinating volume of diaries which was published to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the end of the war against the Japanese.See all Product description
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They had been "raped to death" by Japanese soldiers. Then they found a dead American soldier who had stakes driven through each shoulder and his hands cut off. "As we moved away again, one of my corporals said to me: "No more prisoners, turaga[sir]." I agreed with him.''
Prof Aldrich has found Japanese diaries that belie the common perceptions that soldiers or even low-ranking officers were automata devoted fanatically to their emperor and the codes of bushido, hara-kiri and kamikaze.
"One young officer praises America and its ideas of democracy and modernity, while on another occasion a Japanese soldier voices out loud his envy of some Germans who had set up a sort of peacenik camp on New Guinea to get away from the war," Prof Aldrich said.