Japan Triumphant: The Far East Campaign, 1941–1942 (Paperback)
Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives
The Japanese offensive in the Far East in 1941-2 was extraordinary in its ambition for their aim was to advance across the entire region. They clashed with an array of forces in a series of lightning campaigns that included famous episodes like the raid on Pearl Harbor and the conquest of Singapore. Among the opposing armies were those of the Americans, Dutch and Filipinos as well as the British imperial forces which included the Indians, Malays and Burmese. Philip Jowett in this vivid photographic history covers the whole course of the offensive, portraying not only the Japanese military which achieved such incredible success but the armies they overwhelmed.
In a sequence of over 200 wartime photographs – many of which have not been published before – he focuses on the land, sea and air fighting as the Japanese occupied so much of the region. Rare images of the Japanese forces as they prepared for war and then made seemingly unstoppable progress are matched by a selection of images of the armies they surprised and vanquished. The book gives a powerful impression of the character of the war in the area and records the appearance, equipment and weaponry of the armies involved and the conditions in which they fought.
The book is a particularly valuable addition to the literature on the Second World War in the Far East because it draws attention to important events, like the conquest of the Dutch East Indies, which are often overlooked.
The book would will be of interest to anyone who wanted to increase their limited knowledge of the Far East War, and for a modeler with an interest in some unusual figures or dioramas.Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)
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The Images of War series is one of the best Pen & Sword series and this book also proves it.Old Barbed Wire Blog
I think it's a great starting point to investigate the various campaigns of conquest of Japan in the first months of the war, and deserves to be on the shelf of every people interested in the Second World War and in the war in Asian theater.
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The text is well written and I appreciate the balanced way in which the author has covered the first year of combat against the Japanese who seemed to be unstoppable in these early stages... Great photographs covering the early years of war against the Allies and at an incredibly appealing price.Armorama
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As featured 'On The Shelf'Wargames Illustrated, April 2019