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Blood on Their Hands (Hardback)

Japanese Military Atrocities 1931-1945

Military > Prisoners of War WWII > Battles & Campaigns > Japan & the Pacific Front

By Cecil Lowry
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 16 mono illustrations
ISBN: 9781399037877
Published: 30th January 2024


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From its invasion of Manchuria through to the Allies’ victory in 1945 the Japanese Imperial Army was guilty of widespread atrocities against its enemies and, in particular, the civilians of occupied countries. Massacre, human experimentation, starvation, forced labour and even cannibalism were commonplace during that period. It has been estimated that the number of deaths which resulted from these atrocities range from anything from three to fourteen million people.

Using this appalling record the author explains in graphic detail the cruelty of Japanese military forces, drawing attention to the impact on ordinary people. He explores the possible reasons why people committed such horrendous acts.

Seventy-eight years have passed since the surrender, yet the Japanese government has never squarely acknowledge their crimes, nor has it made an official apology. Over the years since, a handful of extreme right-wing elements in Japan has depicted the war and the atrocities as ‘the liberation of backward nations.’ They have attempted to reinterpret bloody massacres as 'a self-defensive holy war.'

As his father Hugh Lowry suffered grievously as a Prisoner of War on the infamous Thai/Burma Railway, the author knows first-hand of the lasting psychological and physical wounds suffered by victims of Japanese brutality. This disturbing book should serve as a warning that such extreme and widespread behaviour should never be repeated.

A truly horrifying look at the atrocities committed by Japan in WW2. The stories are heartbreaking and need to be told. The first hand accounts makes the novel more personal. A good read for the historical enthiauist.

NetGalley, Ron Baumer

The Japanese were known for many of their wartime atrocities, but actually reading this book - it opened my eyes to things that I did not know before. The author is going to take you on a journey, giving you a look at what a Japanese soldier would do - and to welcome death. It was interesting. Having known some of the information through past classes, this book really lays out the total warfare and brutality that was committed during the war.

Good read, but had to read in short bursts. Still will highly recommend this one!

NetGalley, Rebecca Hill

About Cecil Lowry

Born two and a half years after the end of the war with Japan, Cecil Lowry is the son of Hugh Lowry, who was a Far Eastern Prisoner of War (FEPOWs).
After a career in Sports management he retired as Assistant Director of Sport at the University of Manchester in 2002 to concentrate on writing. This is his third book, following successes with No Mercy from the Japanese (with John Wyatt, Pen and Sword, 2008), Last Post over the River Kwai (Pen and Sword, 2018) and Two Years of Tenko, Life as a 16 year old in a Japanese Prisoner of War Camp (2015).
Cecil lives in Stockport and has two sons and two grandchildren who may be unique in having two great-grandfathers who were FEPOWs.

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