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Soldiers of the Sun traces the origins of the Imperial Japanese Army back to its samurai roots in the nineteenth century to tell the story of the rise and fall of this extraordinary military force. Meirion and Susie Harries have written the first full Western account of the Imperial Japanese Army. Drawing on Japanese, English, French, and American sources, the authors penet Soldiers of the Sun traces the origins of the Imperial Japanese Army back to its samurai roots in the nineteenth century to tell the story of the rise and fall of this extraordinary military force. Meirion and Susie Harries have written the first full Western account of the Imperial Japanese Army. Drawing on Japanese, English, French, and American sources, the authors penetrate the lingering wartime enmity and propaganda to lay bare the true character of the Imperial Army.


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Soldiers of the Sun traces the origins of the Imperial Japanese Army back to its samurai roots in the nineteenth century to tell the story of the rise and fall of this extraordinary military force. Meirion and Susie Harries have written the first full Western account of the Imperial Japanese Army. Drawing on Japanese, English, French, and American sources, the authors penet Soldiers of the Sun traces the origins of the Imperial Japanese Army back to its samurai roots in the nineteenth century to tell the story of the rise and fall of this extraordinary military force. Meirion and Susie Harries have written the first full Western account of the Imperial Japanese Army. Drawing on Japanese, English, French, and American sources, the authors penetrate the lingering wartime enmity and propaganda to lay bare the true character of the Imperial Army.

30 review for Soldiers of the Sun: The Rise and Fall of the Imperial Japanese Army

  1. 4 out of 5

    'Aussie Rick'

    This is a fine one volume account of the Imperial Japanese Army. The book covers its creation in 1868 until its final defeat in 1945. If you want to know why the Japanese Army could accomplish the things it did and why the Japanese soldier could do the brutal things that he did this book goes a long way to help you understand. At the same time it provides a insight into the dealings between the Army and the Navy, the Army and the Politicians and the Army and the people. A well researched and ver This is a fine one volume account of the Imperial Japanese Army. The book covers its creation in 1868 until its final defeat in 1945. If you want to know why the Japanese Army could accomplish the things it did and why the Japanese soldier could do the brutal things that he did this book goes a long way to help you understand. At the same time it provides a insight into the dealings between the Army and the Navy, the Army and the Politicians and the Army and the people. A well researched and very interesting book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    John

    More than just a history of the Imperial Japanese Army in WWII, it's a complete history of the IJA going back to its origins in the mid-19th Century during the Meiji Restoration. It attempts to cover a great deal of ground, and does so adequately. Covering the raw events, as well as trying to explain such things as how an army noted for its humanitarian treatment of POWs in WWI could go on to commit major atrocities in WWII. It also describes how the IJA effectively crushed popular democracy movem More than just a history of the Imperial Japanese Army in WWII, it's a complete history of the IJA going back to its origins in the mid-19th Century during the Meiji Restoration. It attempts to cover a great deal of ground, and does so adequately. Covering the raw events, as well as trying to explain such things as how an army noted for its humanitarian treatment of POWs in WWI could go on to commit major atrocities in WWII. It also describes how the IJA effectively crushed popular democracy movements in the name of national defense. Something that many Americans don't realize, as they think that the US introduced democracy to the country following WWII.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bill V

    This is the first book I've read that deals quite exclusively with the Japanese Army, from its origins to later development. Most books about the Japanese military tend to deal heavily with the navy, especially since it was the navy that was the driving force behind expanding the war into the Pacific. The book does a good job in describing its influences and how it looked to western tactics, weapons and doctrine. It also describes its evolving relationships with the west and how their relationshi This is the first book I've read that deals quite exclusively with the Japanese Army, from its origins to later development. Most books about the Japanese military tend to deal heavily with the navy, especially since it was the navy that was the driving force behind expanding the war into the Pacific. The book does a good job in describing its influences and how it looked to western tactics, weapons and doctrine. It also describes its evolving relationships with the west and how their relationship progressed from a professorial-pupil nature to a competitive one once Japan began to seek territorial acquisitions of its own from China and the Pacific during World War I to ultimately an adversarial one as combatants in the Second World War.”

  4. 4 out of 5

    John

    A very interesting book showing the rise and fall of the Japan, just as the title implies. This book illustrates the fanaticism and dogged determination of the Japanese, and their inability to adapt during battle. Japanese military leaders on the ground would often give overly optimistic, or even completely untrue appraisals of the situation on the ground in the fear of failing the emperor and their superiors.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    A history of the origins of the Imperial Army up to and including WWII in an attempt to understand their actions of barbaric proportions before and during the war. Excellent research and presentation.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Madelyn

    I will not finish this. Gave it to my brother.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Howard

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  8. 5 out of 5

    Matt Demo

    Atrocities aside, it is amazing how quickly and effectively Japan became a modern power able to challenge the US in WWII.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bklynreader

  10. 5 out of 5

    David

  11. 4 out of 5

    Matt Snyder

  12. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mark Smith

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mollie Pope

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    Mark

  16. 4 out of 5

    PyranopterinMo

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cameron Ratkovic

  18. 4 out of 5

    James Tullos

  19. 5 out of 5

    Todd

  20. 5 out of 5

    Shyue Chou Chuang

  21. 4 out of 5

    Greg

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bhitel

  23. 4 out of 5

    Eb

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rupert Legge

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jason Morris

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bob

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nick Capo

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alexis

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dave Beeman

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