The story of the bloody Kokoda campaign, told through the personal experiences of the Japanese soldiersWe were all skin and bone, as if our stomachs were stuck to the inside wall of our back.The Australian story of Kokoda has been told often from the perspective of the Australians Now, for the first time ever, the full Japanese story of Kokoda is told, a poignant tale of comradeship and heartrending suffering This is a very human story of the other side, told through the eyes of Japanese soldiers who were there It draws from a range of firsthand sourcesinterviews with survivors, diaries that soldiers left behind, memoirs written after the war, and what has survived of the records of the Japanese military Full of painful recollections and startling wartime revelations, this is the lesser known story of a tragic battle that continues to haunt survivors from both sides....
|Title||:||The Path of Infinite Sorrow: The Japanese on the Kokoda Track|
|Publisher||:||Allen Reprint edition September 1, 2012|
|Number of Pages||:||324 pages|
|File Size||:||683 KB|
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The Path of Infinite Sorrow: The Japanese on the Kokoda Track Reviews
As a WWII buff, I find myself particularly interested in the Pacific Theater. The Papua New Guinea area under General MacArthur has always seemed a bit on the under reported side to me so I jumped at the chance to buy this book. As a good readable tome on the conflict, it does not disappoint and it is written in an interesting and readable format with many firsthand accounts from mostly the Japanese side. It readily explains the perceived Japanese need for the operation and how it was conceived following the inconclusive Battle of the Coral Sea in May of 1941. It also gives some insight into the command climate of General MacArthur and his staff in Australia.
I had a friend tell me about this book. It's a great referance on this particular ww2 campaign. It took part at the same time as the Guadalcanal campaign. The book covers the regiments that participated including their histories. The book covers the many hardships suffered by both sides,the sometimes gristly remains of battles fought weeks before & the battles fought up to date. Tells about both enemies. Which ever side a soldier fought on he had his fight against other humans as well as the weather & climate. No easy thing. A great read.
Whoever said that war was hell, must have been in New Guinea. I read this while reading A Bastard of a Place, and Ultra, and it was quite a ride. It was fascinating to compare the perspectives from each of the combatants. There are some soft spots in this book, but certainly worth the time.
A LOOK AT THE OTHER SIDE THANK THE USN FOR THE CORAL SEA VICTORY. AFTER THAR WE NEVER LOOKED BACK.I remember those days well. Australia and the US are still in it together.
The Path of Infinite Sorrow is a book based on the research done for a documentary on the History Channel. This goes a long way to explaining my praises and condemnations of this book. The authors need to know their audience. Anyone who has heard about Kokoda will be well versed in Pacific War history. Chapters 2 and 3 are unnecessary and a worthless addition to the book. These chapters had some glaring mistakes (only the Akagi was involved in the first wave and only the Zuikaku was involved in the second wave at Pearl Harbor for example)that damaged the respectability of the rest of the book. These chapters are a brief history of Japan all the way back to Commodore Perry. Anyway, I cannot explain why they were included unless it was at the insistence of the editor. The book shines when you actually get to the real story. The first-hand accounts of the survivors are priceless and worth the cost of the book. The narrative is excellent and detailed maps abound. It is a very appropriately titled book. I recommend this book, but do you self a favor and skip chapters 2 and 3 and you will have a rewarding experience.
I have been fascinated by the war in the New Guinea area of the Pacific for a long time having a US marine relative who fought at Guadacanal. Having just read Fortress Rabaul (an excellent book), I was disturbed by the stilted language and poor flow of the narration of this story line. Have a dictionary handy because some of the words I don't think are English. The story almost appears to have been published in Japanese initially and translated by someone who is weak in English. The story is really interesting but hard to read. I know some of you want me and others to point out factual errors in the narration but I can't enjoy the book enough to concentrate that hard. Subject very interesting, deducting two stars for putting me to sleep more than once.
A terrific book and offers a wonderful insight into the Kokoda campaign from the Japanese perspective.
The book took a different peerspective on the battles which I found interesting.