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German Army vs. Soviet Partisans
Japanese Army Invincibility Myth
Japanese Army’s Centrifugal Offensive
201 pages; 9 chapters and 5 appendixes
When the Imperial Japanese Army attacked the weak allied armies of America, Britain and
Holland during the Centrifugal Offensive in 1940-41, the Japanese were unbeatable. That is
how the Japanese Army Invincibility Myth began. However, the less than mediocre allied
commanders who fought the Japanese during the Centrifugal Offensive claimed that there was
no Japanese Army Invincibility Myth; it was a truism. The foreign soldiers who offered weak
resistance to the rampaging Japanese, during the Centrifugal Offensive, had to dream up the
Japanese Army Invincibility Myth to explain their shameful defeat. However, the Japanese
Army Invincibility Myth was a fraud, as events were soon to prove in 1942-1945. Japanese
Army Invincibility Myth describes the armies, battles, victories and defeat that led to the
creation and discrediting of the Japanese Army Invincibility Myth.
"US troops landed at Nassau Bay north of Salamaua at the end of June, which developed into a relentless defensive
battle over the following two months. The 9th Australian Division landed on 4 September east of the strategic rear position
at Lae. The following day, the 7th Australian Division was dropped to the east of Lae. The 51st Division was facing an
enemy from the front and the rear. The line of communication to the main strength of the Army at Madang had been
blockaded. Consequently, Commander ADACHI ordered Divisional Commander NAKANO to withdraw to consolidate with
the main force.
The course of withdrawal was either to break through the Australian and US troops that occupied the coastal areas, or to
cross the Saruwaged Range that towered some 4,500 meters to the rear of their position. Commander NAKANO sent
former Olympic Marathon runner Lieutenant KITAMOTO to reconnoiter the crossing of the snow-covered mountain where
it fell to thirty degrees below zero. KITAMOTO’s report that, "it will be difficult, but it is possible," confirmed NAKANO’s
determination to cross the Saruwaged Range. At the time of the departure of the unit, arrangements were made to
evacuate by large barges the approximately 100 seriously injured soldiers who remained at Lae."
Excerpt from Japanese Army Invincibility Myth
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