Onwards Towards Our Noble Deaths

Onwards Towards Our Noble Deaths

Book - 2011 | 1st softcover ed.
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"[A] semi-autobiographical account of the desperate final weeks of a Japanese infantry unit at the end of World War Two. The soldiers are instructed that they must go into battle and die for the honor of their country, with certain execution facing them if they return alive" -- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: Montréal : Drawn & Quarterly, c2011.
Edition: 1st softcover ed.
ISBN: 9781770460416
Branch Call Number: MIZUK
Characteristics: 372 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm.


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Feb 27, 2017

This was a great book about what its like to be a Japanese soldier during WWIII. I didn't realize how abusive the officers were to their own men. As one officer says in the book "the more we beat you, the better soldier you'll be..." Its quite shocking and disturbing. But it gives a great review of what its like to be a common soldier... the lives, the battles, the deaths, the ritual burials, and the concepts of justice, honourable death, and having to live (wanting to live) with the consequences of what is happening. It gives a very personable view of war as well as delving into Japanese culture, especially the culture that revolves around what it means to be a warrior.


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