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In the Service of the Emperor (Hardback)

The Rise and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1931–1945

Military WWII > Battles & Campaigns > Japan & the Pacific Front

By N S Nash
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 344
Illustrations: 120 B&W illustrations
ISBN: 9781399090070
Published: 2nd September 2022

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The expansion of the Japanese Empire between 1931 until its defeat in 1945 is one of the most extraordinary yet shocking episodes in human history. Extraordinary in that a relatively non-industrialised island nation was prepared to go to war, concurrently, with China, the most populous country, Great Britain with its world-wide empire and the USA, the wealthiest and most powerful country on earth. Shocking, as those 'in the service of the Emperor’ practiced persistent and unrestrained brutality as they conquered and occupied swathes of South East Asia. But, as this superbly researched work reveals, there is no denying their fighting and logistical expertise.

The author examines the political, economic and strategic effects of the rapid Japanese expansion and explores the cult of deity that surrounded the Emperor. The contribution of the Allied forces and their leadership is given due attention.

When retribution duly came, it was focussed on the military leadership responsible for unspeakable atrocities on their military and civilian victims. The physical perpetrators remaining largely unpunished. Japan, today, has still not acknowledged its wartime guilt.

The result is an authoritative, balanced and highly readable account of a chapter of world history that must never be forgotten.

"...a concise yet comprehensive overview of what happened. The book is well illustrated, with plenty of maps."

Historical Novels Review

A work of exhaustive and detailed research, "In the Service of the Emperor: The Rise and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1931-1945" is informative enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of Maps, a Glossary, a seventeen page Bibliography, and an eight page Index. Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "In the Service of the Emperor: The Rise and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1931-1945" is highly recommended for both community and academic library 20th Century Japanese History and World War II History collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists.

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Midwest Book Review

I found this book very educational and I have learned a lot, there is a lot of information and detail written in an informed way, and I’m rereading it mainly to help get more used to the names, places and personalities involved in the book.

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As featured on Army Rumour Service

5 out of 5

Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

Brilliantly, author Brigadier N S “Tank” Nash CBE examines the political, economic and strategic effects of the rapid Japanese expansion and explores the cult of deity that surrounded the Emperor.
The contribution of the Allied forces and their leadership is given due attention. When retribution duly came, it was focused on the military leadership responsible for their troops’ unspeakable atrocities on both military and civilian victims. Yet, the physical perpetrators remained largely unpunished. Japan, today, has still not acknowledged its wartime guilt.

ARGunners Magazine

This is a well-researched book with Notes for each chapter, a solid Bibliography and numerous photographs plus useful maps of the conflicts. Brigadier Nash has produced an authoritative, balanced and highly readable account of an extraordinary and most shocking episode in human history which should not be forgotten: a tragedy for millions of people in Korea, China and Southeast Asia, for American, British, Australian, Chinese and Indian servicemen and not least, for the Japanese themselves.

Norfolk Family History Society - 'The Ancestor' magazine

About N S Nash

Brigadier NS ‘Tank’ Nash CBE was educated at Latymer Upper School and served in the Honourable Artillery Company (1957-1960) and thereafter in the Army Catering Corps (1960-1991). He was the Bursar of Loretto School (1991-1996). He has an MA in Military History from Birmingham.
 
For 30 years he wrote humour under the pen name ‘Sustainer’ and his work was published internationally. Three anthologies of his column were published. His books for Pen and Sword include K Boat Catastrophe, ‘Strafer’ Gott – Desert General, Chitral Charlie – The Rise and Fall of Major General Charles Townshend, Valour in the Trenches, Betrayal of an Army - Mesopotamia 1914 -1916, Logistics in the Vietnam Wars and The Siege that Changed the World.
 
He lectures on military history and lives in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.

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