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Imperial Japanese Jungle Survival
Imperial Japanese Jungle Survival
Before Survival Manuals
© 2009
200 pages; 17 chapters and 5 appendices
Imperial Japanese Jungle Survival is an e-book which includes some of the
original material developed as
survival information before any military jungle
survival manuals
existed in the USA. The material in Imperial Japanese
Jungle Survival
consists of World War II era instruction on how to survive in
the southern Pacific area
jungles. If you want to read what they used to focus
upon when discussing
jungle survival, Imperial Japanese Jungle Survival
is for you.
Review Table of Contents
"The “impregnable” British fortress of Singapore fell to the soldiers of the Imperial Japanese 25th Army, although the 25th
Army’s commander, General Yamashita’, had faced an enemy that outnumbered them by nearly three to one. Hong Kong
fell on 5 January, the Netherlands East Indies and the vital Burmese port of Rangoon on 8 March, and the Philippines on
9 May. The offensive ended with the defeat of the bulk of the British and Indian forces in Burma at Kalewa, on the
Chindwin River, near the Indian border. On the surface, the Centrifugal Offensive was a masterstroke by Japanese
combined arms forces against a numerically superior enemy. Western characterizations of the Japanese as “pre-Hellenic,
prerational, and prescientific” inhabitants of a “class-C nation” rapidly became tales of born jungle and night fighters with
near superhuman powers. The myth of the Japanese “Jungle Superman” had been born. But was it a myth? The IJA's
aggressive training methods produced a skilled army that easily adapted to the unfamiliar jungle terrain of the Southwest
Pacific. While the IJA's equipment was usually ill suited for battle against the Soviets, Japanese emphasis on lightweight
unintentionally made the IJA's standard issue items eminently suitable for jungle operations. Likewise, the IJA's doctrine
was ideal for a short, offensive jungle campaign. The Japanese Centrifugal Offensive provided evidence to the modern
military world that well-trained soldiers, motivated by a shared ideology, and imbued with a respect for mental and physical
toughness, will adapt to unfamiliar situations without special training, and that junior leaders can learn initiative through
instruction and conditioning. The jungle itself was not an obstacle to Imperial Japanese soldiers and only the softer allied
troops worried about “jungle survival.”
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