Human Bullets A Soldier's Story of the Russo-Japanese War

ISBN-10: 080329266X
ISBN-13: 9780803292666
Edition: 1999
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Description: The impact of the Russo-Japanese War of 1904–5 was incalculable. It was the first victory by an Asian power over a European one since the Mongol invasions of the thirteenth century. Japanese victory was ascribed to the "spirit" of the Japanese  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 4/1/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 270
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

The impact of the Russo-Japanese War of 1904–5 was incalculable. It was the first victory by an Asian power over a European one since the Mongol invasions of the thirteenth century. Japanese victory was ascribed to the "spirit" of the Japanese people, which helped their soldiers to overcome superior numbers and technology. A fascinating glimpse into prevailing nationalistic and militaristic attitudes in early-twentieth-century Japan,Human Bulletsis also an engaging story of combat and an excellent source of insights about a relatively obscure but immensely influential conflict. Tadyoshi Sakurai was a junior officer in the Japanese campaign against Port Arthur, Russia’s ice-free port in China. His account is an interesting introduction to the concept ofyamato-damashii, or "traditional Japanese spirit." This spirit was something greater than mere high morale. Japanese soldiers were the emperor’s "human bullets." Like bullets, they were unconcerned with victory, comfort, or self-preservation, existing only to strike the enemy.

Introduction to the Bison Books Edition
Editor's Preface
Introduction
Author's Preface
Mobilization
Our Departure
The Voyage
A Dangerous Landing
The Value of Port Arthur
The Battle of Nanshan
Nanshan After the Battle
Digging and Scouting
The First Captives
Our First Battle at Waitu- Shan
The Occupation of Kenzan
Counter-Attacks on Kenzan
On the Defensive
Life in Camp
Some Brave Men and Their Memorial
The Battle of Taipo-Shan
The Occupation of Taipo-Shan
The Field After the Battle
The First Aid Station
Following Up the Victory
The Storming of Taku-Shan
Sun Flag on Taku-Shan
Promotion and Farewells
The Beginning of the General Assault
A Rain of Human Bullets
The Forlorn Hope
Life Out of Death
Appendices

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