The knights of Bushido : a history of Japanese war crimes during World War II (1958, repub 2002)
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By Baron Edward Frederick Langley Russell, 1895-1981
The knights of Bushido
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With a new introduction for this edition, The Knights of Bushido details the horrors perpetrated by a military caught up in an ideological fervour. Often expecting death, the Japanese flouted the Geneva Convention (which they refused to ratify). They murdered aircrews, bayoneted prisoners, carried out arbitrary decapitations, and practised medical vivisection. Undoubtedly formidable soldiers, the Japanese were terrible conquerors. Their conduct in the Pacific is a harrowing example of the doctrine of mutual destruction carried to the extreme, and begs the question of what is acceptable -and unacceptable - in total war.