Stroud, 1st ed., 1999. Viii + 272 pp., profusely illustrated with photo-ills., ills., + maps. D.j., 27 x 20cm. MINT. The redoubtable Imperial Japanese Army grew from a peacetime standing army of 17 divisions, to a massive 191 (mainly infantry) divisions during World War II. The author reviews the organisation of the Imperial Japanese Army, from high command down to divisional level and below, and examines the mobilisation and training of these extraordinary troops. The individual soldier is described in detail, from his uniform and equipment to personal weapons. Major weapons are also covered, from tanks and artillery to vehicles and technical equipment, with a separate chapter describing military symbolism and tactics. Illustrated with a wealth of photographs.