JAPAN AT WAR, 1931-1945
You saw it here first....
Several years ago, the redoubtable Richard Dunn wrote a
series of essays on the 77th Sentai fighter
unit that was the AVG's most usual opponent in the battle of Burma.
That series has now been translated and published in book form in Japan.
Those are cherry blossoms, if I'm not mistaken, the symbol of a
"special attack" that involved throwing away one's youth to die
for the emperor.
Zhukkov and Nomonhan
For twenty years, the only book about the border war between Japan and the
Soviet Union was
Nomonhan: Japan Against Russia, 1939
. Here's a shorter,cheaper, and
more up-to-date history of that crucial but almost forgotten war: Stuart
Nomonhan, 1939: The Red Army's Victory That Shaped World War II
Nomonhan shaped the course of the Pacific War, by convincing
Japan that it was safer to push into Southeast Asia than to risk another
encounter with the Red Army--and the European war as well, by persuading
Stalin to safeguard his western border through through an alliance with
Hitler, and also by elevating Georgy Zhukov to command of the Red Army.
I was inspired by this book to acquire
another new book,
Stalin's General: The Life of Georgy Zhukov
. That should keep me
busy for a while. -- Dan Ford