Felton, Mark.


Barnsley, 1st.ed., 2007. Ix + 213 pp., 14 photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. The barbaric treatment by the Japanese Army on its prisoners-of-war are fully recorded, but hitherto little has been told of the war crimes of the Imperial Japanese Navy from 1941 to 1945. The author has unearthed a plethora of outrages inflicted on both servicemen and civilians which make chilling and shocking reading. As the author points out, it is ironic that the IJN modelled itself on the Royal Navy and adopted many of its customs, traditions and structures, but it took a totally different approach when it came to the treatment of its foes. They idolized Nelson but failed to follow his policy of "humanity after victory". This book contains accounts of cold-blooded torture and execution of POWs, abandonment of surviving seamen to the elements and almost certain death by starvation. Includes account of Midway pilots, attacks on hospital ships, murder at Wake Island, US prisoners on Truk, atrocities in Borneo, the AKIKAZE executions, the BEHAR tragedy, the Liberty ship RICHARD HOVEY and Japanese submarine I–26, the ‘rape of Manila’, etc. Victims included US, British and Australian servicemen and civilian men, women and children.

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