Monday, October 16, 2017
Having read many official pamphlets and booklets on the Japanese Army published during WWII, many tend to fall into the propaganda category in tone. So it was rather eyeopening when I acquired this booklet "Japanese Morale" which discussed the Japanese Army combat culture in a frank and honest way that truly educates. Japanese Morale was written in 1944 and published into a booklet in 1945 and made to passed around to Marines. I study Japanese culture outside of WWII and the writer truly captures Japanese culture in a plain sense and explains the "why" their combat culture without resorting to stereotypes and misinterpretation. The writer certainly had an educated insightful knowledge on the country of Japan and it's people that I don't normally see in pamphlets written during WWII. WWII PTO reenactors and living historians should definitely read this one to gain a better understanding of the Japanese Army in WWII.