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Japans Wars - for the purpose of this eBook - we start with The Russo-Japanese War (8 February 1904 – 5 September 1905) was "the first great war of the 20th century." This came about mainly  because  of rival imperial ambitions of the Russian Empire and the Empire of Japan over Manchuria and Korea. We start here because it was the start of a series of Japanese “wars’ which  ended only after the USA and her allies fought a series of  land, sea and air battles forcing  the Japanese to withdraw from most of its territorial gains - and take huge casualties  - until finally Enola Gay, a Boeing B-29 Super fortress bomber,  piloted by Colonel Paul Tibbets on August 6th 1945, dropped the first Atomic Bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

Between the end of the Russo Japanese war in 1905 and the end of WW2 in 1945, Japan had fought a series of “wars”  within China. Back then, China was not the major world power it is today. It was basically a  “backward” country  in  terms of industrial and  military development.

In 1927, China  was involved with internal conflict against or for Communism. Japan took advantage and stages a series of brutal attacks within China, the most ‘famous’ being termed “The Rape of Nanking”.

During WW2,  the western allies became aware of Japanese brutality as the Imperial Japanese Army moved  down the Chinese mainland towards Burma and Singapore. The Americans  in the Philippines were more or less abandoned to their fate and  after supplies dwindled and food rationing lead to illness - which without medicines.. hospitalised more fighting men the Japanese bullets did. 

Japan for all its early gains and brutality,  could not have  hoped to  hold onto whatever territory  it had plundered. They were too extended and their supply routed were  gradually being blocked by western US and allied forces as they moved  through the Pacific and China seas. Similarly, the same  fate befell Hitler - grand ambitions - early gains, extended fronts and lack of supplies.

Both Japan and The German forces were forced backwards and choose to fight on rather than surrender. 

This eBook sets out first to give the reader an overview of the wars between China and Japan and  though  this  continued through WW2,  the sea battles and the onward march of the Western Allies are not included in detail.  They are in fact the subject of our previous book “War in the Pacific”.

In “Book 2” we present were possible a chronological progression through the years and offer such detail as we can locate with regard the individual “incidents”.

We advise that we have included a chapter on Japanese War crimes and the Death Units - which some  may not wish to see. We have  not included an text or images in the free Preview copy.

March 3
ABW eBook
Arthur Brindley Whittam

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