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Imperial Japanese Army Joint Operations - Combined Arms Tactics in World War II
Imperial Japanese Army Joint Operations
Japanese Combined Arms Tactics
© 2007
318 pages; 28 chapters
During World War II, the Imperial Japanese Army conducted many
amphibious and combined arms operations. Their austere, yet highly
amphibious combined arms operations are worthy of intense
Imperial Japanese Army Joint Operations describes the
cooperation between the Japanese Army, Navy and Air Force in
hundreds of operations throughout the Pacific. The Japanese armed forces
were very modern armed forces in the 1930s, but in the 1940s they were
obsolescent. However in 1944, Japanese armed forces began to develop a
number of the most modern and effective weapons and equipment. But it was
too late. By then the
Imperial Japanese Army and Navy amphibious joint
operations capabilities
had been reduced to shambles in late World War
because it was too lightly armed. The fortunes of the Imperial Japanese
, described so precisely in Imperial Japanese Army Joint Operations,
are a
lesson to the modern US armed forces that are in the process of
returning to the motorized days of 1940s in the name of “lightness.”
Imperial Japanese Army Joint Operations describes many fascinating and
relatively unknown facts about
Japanese amphibious combined arms
operations, and their constituent elements, in World War II
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“Japan laid the groundwork for Asiatic conquests with years of intense propaganda and covert organization in China,
Indochina, Thailand, British Malaya, Burma, India, the Netherlands East Indies, and other southwest Pacific islands in
British, American, and Dutch possessions. Rivaling Germany's far-flung propaganda activities, Japan was estimated to
organized a fifth column in Asia led by over 200,000 paid and schooled professional agitators and other subversive
agents at work in the above-named areas prior to the Japanese attack on America, Britain and Holland.
Until September 1941, the propaganda had been aimed mostly along cultural, educational, and political lines. Since then
propaganda was accelerated to arouse colonialized natives against their governments so as to obtain their support for
forthcoming military operations.
When Japanese troops first entered Malaya, in order to win over local support, they distributed Singapore money (printed
in Japan) among a large number of natives. The same device (guilders, printed in Japan) was used in Borneo and other
islands of the Netherlands East Indies. In addition, natives were told that the homes of the British and Dutch were theirs,
and they were invited to move in and take them over or else to loot them of furniture and other valuables that the
Japanese themselves did not want.”
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