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Ensanguined Asia, 1941-1945
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The jungle war against the Japanese was arguably one of the worst terrors that could be inflicted upon a young soldier who had never been away from home before, let alone be faced with a brutal, sadistic and uncompromising enemy in an alien environment.
Based on the accounts of three culturally different veterans, Tim Heath investigates the war against the Japanese, primarily in the jungles of Asia during the Second World War. From the first jungle forays, through to the defeats, the victories, the massacre of indigenous populations, the war crimes and the final elements of the war in the jungle which led to ultimate victory over the Japanese, this volume is a unique attempt at telling the story from a fresh perspective.
The way in which the individuals who have contributed to this volume speak might imply a sanitized view toward the act of killing in times of war. Yet to truly understand this mind-set one has to relive their experiences of that claustrophobic hell.
The book examines the factors which initially made the Japanese such brutally efficient exponents of warfare in jungle terrain, the natural hazards encountered in the jungle environment, the techniques that the British had to master in order to become at least equal to their enemy and what it was like to have to live and fight knowing your enemy was never far away from you. It was a war where methods and tactics had to be developed through hard experience along with strong leadership, which was initially lacking on the part of the British.
The rule became a simple one: the jungle is neutral. It favours neither friend nor foe. It favours only he who is prepared to adapt to it the best and utilize it to his best advantage. You cannot fight the jungle itself; if you do you will almost certainly die trying.
Review as featured inIrregular Magazine
Tim Heath brought together many new perspectives on life under Hitler in ‘Hitler’s Housewives’, reviewed last year. Now he has turned his attention to the war against Japan in the Far East. Again he has collected a variety of accounts from those who were there, in this case from both sides of the conflict.WW2 Today
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The author does an excellent job portraying the harshness of war and its effects on human beings.WWII History Magazine - February 2022
I really enjoyed this book The Jungle War Against the Japanese, it’s written by Tim Heath so I’m bound to enjoy it, one of my favourite authors. What I enjoy about reading Tim Heath books which got me hooked on them is that he knows how to talk to ordinary people and get something out of him.UK Historian
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'The Jungle War Against the Japanese' is a well written, page turner, supported by photographs. A unique attemptRichard Gough, Historian, Author -SOE Singapore 1941-42, Escape from Singapore, The Jungle was Red, Outposts of the Empire and Tony Poe CIA paramilitary in SE Asia. Interviewed on BBC and TV.
to tell the story from a fresh perspective, from all sides of the conflict.