Japan's Asian Allies 1941-45
During the Japanese occupation of large parts of Asia and the Pacific in 1941-45, Japan raised significant numbers of troops to fight alongside them, as well as militias to guard their conquests. The total number of these soldiers is estimated at no fewer than 600,000 men. These ranged from the regular troops of Manchukuo 200,000 men), Nanking China 250,000), Thailand, and recruits from the 'puppet' Burmese Independence Army 30,000) and Indian National Army 40,000), to constabularies and spear-wielding militias in the Philippines 15,000), Borneo, Indonesia and New Guinea.
Many of the recruits from former European colonies hoped for independence as part
This extensively researched study examines each of these armies and militias in detail, exploring their history and deployment during World War II, and revealing the intricacies of their arms and equipment with stunning full-colour artwork and previously unpublished contemporary photographs.