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British intelligence on Japanese army morale during the Pacific war: logical analysis or racial stereotyping?

Ford, D 2005, 'British intelligence on Japanese army morale during the Pacific war: logical analysis or racial stereotyping?' , The Journal of Military History, 69 (2) , pp. 439-474.

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Abstract

The British army's image of the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) during the Pacific War (1941-45) was shaped by a logical analysis of the intelligence obtained through combat experience. Early in the war, the Japanese soldier's exceptional level of morale played a crucial role in enabling the IJA to oust the Allies from Southeast Asia. By late 1944, the British concluded that when the Japanese were being pushed back on all fronts their fighting spirit was prone to deteriorate when faced with setbacks and prolonged hardships on the battlefield, thus significantly damaging the IJA's capabilities. British appreciations were based not on preconceived notions, but on a judicious analysis of the relevant information.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Subjects / Themes > U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Subjects / Themes > D History General and Old World > DS Asia
Subjects / Themes > D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Subjects / Themes > D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D731 World War II
Memory, Text and Place
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for European Security
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: The Journal of Military History
Publisher: Society for Military History
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 08993718 (print) 15437795 (online)
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2009 17:22
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:53
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/1233

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