Published in 2014, “Rikugun: Guide to Japanese Ground Forces 1937 – 1945 Volume 1” is a must-have reference source for any reader or researcher/writer with a serious interest in the Second World War in the Pacific. The result of decades of research, author Leland Ness presents the “tactical organization of Imperial Japanese Army & Navy Ground Forces” in an easy-to-read format. He describes the development and make-up of Japanese infantry, armour, artillery and naval ground forces, with an abundance of tables providing information as detailed as the number of the various types of weapons assigned to each unit. The range of information regarding the various Japanese unit types, their personnel establishment, structure and equipment is impressive. One of my areas of interest is the Japanese Special Naval Landing Forces, and there on p.340 and following pages was a brief description of their origins, organisation and history. (It must be mentioned that the greater proportion of the book focuses on the Japanese Army ground forces, however).
At a time when I am paring down my military history book collection due to a lack of space, I have made an exception with “Rikugun, Volume 1,” and I expect to refer to it repeatedly during future writing projects.
Softcover, 381 pages.
$58 plus $14.50 postage (within Australia only).
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