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In the eyes of history, Japanese intelligence in World War II has fared very poorly. However, these historians have most often concentrated on the later years of the war, when Japan was fighting a multi-front war against numerous opponents. In this groundbreaking new study, Japanese scholar Ken Kotani re-examines the Japanese Intelligence department, beginning with the early phase of the war. He points out that without the intelligence gathered by the Japanese Army and Navy they would have been unable to achieve their long string of victories against the forces of Russia, China, and Great Britain. Notable in these early campaigns were the successful strikes against both Singapore and Pearl Harbor.

Yet as these victories expanded the sphere of Japanese control, they also made it harder for the intelligence services to gather accurate information about their growing list of adversaries. At the battle of Midway in 1942, Japanese intelligence suffered its worst mishap when the Americans broke their code and tricked the Japanese into revealing the target of their attack. It was a mistake from which they would never recover. As the military might of Japan was forced to retreat and her forces deteriorated, so too did her intelligence services.

About the Author

Ken Kotani is Junior Research Fellow in Military History at the National Institute for Defense Studies, Tokyo. He received a BA from Ritsumeikan University, an MA from King's College London and a Ph.D. from Kyoto University. He specializes in intelligence history and has been involved as a co-writer of Encyclopedia of World War II (ABC CLIO 2004), and has also written articles for a variety of journals.

Product Details

Kotani, Ken
Osprey Publishing (UK)
Kotani, Chiharu
Military - World War II
Military - Intelligence/Espionage
Asia - Japan
Military intelligence -- Japan -- History.
World war, 1939-1945
Military-World War II General
General Military
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20 B/W
9.28x6.40x.96 in. 1.18 lbs.

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