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Why the Japanese Lost (ePub)

The Red Sun's Setting

Military P&S History > Reference WWII > Battles & Campaigns > Japan & the Pacific Front

By Bryan Perrett
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 17.7 MB (.epub)
Illustrations: 32 mono illustrations
ISBN: 9781473838161
Published: 30th June 2014


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This book tells the story of a war unlike any other in history, fought between a nation that believed itself to be invincible, even when its strength was being systematically destroyed by the greatest industrial power in the world.

Prior to the middle of the nineteenth century, the Empire of Japan was content to remain in medieval isolation and, apart from very limited trading concessions, was unwilling to extend her contacts with the western world. This was all to change however, as Japan hurtled forwards into the twentieth century, armed and determined to carve out a new identity characterised by a dominating spirit. Dejected by the Great Depression of the early 1930s, they were a nation grown from moderate to militant.

Following the pivotal and devastating attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941, the Japanese Army were emboldened. Hong Kong, Malaya, Singapore, Burma, the Philippines and the Dutch East Indies were all overrun with deceptive ease, leading the army to become dangerously confident in their ability. Subsequently named 'The Victory Disease', the author argues that it was this arrogant complacency that led to the army's ultimate downfall. Each episode of note in the history of the Japanese military forces is relayed, as the author dissects, analyses and endeavours to explain the root causes and pivotal decisions that led to defeat.

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Lancashire & North West Magazine

The author is well known for his thoughtful analysis and attention to the smallest detail. His writing takes the myriad reasons for Japan's defeat and weaves them all together into a logical narrative that clearly explains his thesis. The book evaluates Japanese military history from the Shogun era to World War II and effectively shows how this history led Japan from a growing power to a shattered nation in less than a century.

WWII History, June 2015 - Christopher Miskimon

The reader is left in no doubt of the the difficulties facing commanders and ordinary seamen and the terrible consequences that awaited those who got it wrong.

Army Rumour Service

Readers interested in the naval war history of Japan will appreciate the accounts of pre-1930 conflicts and their conduct. Perrett's account of the early months of World War II (pre-Midway) certainly reminds us why US victory was not inevitable [and his] telling of Japan's build up to World War II and the war's early months will interest many.

America in WWII

A very useful addition to the library of any enthusiast or professional.


If you’re looking for a nice compact description of the major naval engagements of World War II involving the IJN, then this book delivers...the book is an entertaining read.

MSC Reviews

‘I learned new aspects of the war in the Pacific about which I have limited knowledge, and these appear well researched’

 Bryan Perrett

About Bryan Perrett

Bryan Perrett was educated at Liverpool College. He served in the Royal Tank Regiment and was awarded the Territorial Decoration. A professional military historian for many years, his books include A History of the Blitzkrieg and Knights of the Black Cross: Hitler's Panzerwaffe and its Leaders. His treatise Desert Warfare was widely consulted during the Gulf War. His most recent works, including Last Stand!, At All Costs! and Against all Odds! examine aspects of motivation. During the Falklands and Gulf Wars Bryan Perrett served as Defense Correspondent to the Liverpool Echo. He is the author of The Hunters and the Hunted (2012), Why the Germans Lost (2013) and Why the Japanese Lost (2014), all published by Pen and Sword Books.

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