In the weeks and months which followed the Pearl Harbor attack, the disdainful pre-war stereotype of the Japanese airman widely held in the West gave way to a myth of this foe as some sort of invincible oriental superman. Later, as the tide turned, and the skill and experience of the average Japanese airman declined, the West saw him once more as an object of contempt and ridicule. Yet what was the truth behind the stereotype and the myth? This book explores the world of the Imperial Japanese Navy airman in all its aspects; his background, the cultural and social forces which moulded him, his recruitment and training, daily life and his experience in service. In the airmen of the Imperial Japanese Navy a modern aerial incarnation of an ancient warrior race blossomed.Über den Autor:
The son of a former officer in the Japanese Naval Air Technical Arsenal, Osamu Tagaya has written a number of books on Japanese aircraft, principally for the Smithsonian Institute. For Osprey he has written Combat 22: 'Mitsubishi Type 1 Rikko Betty Units of World War 2'. Osamu lives and works in California, USA. John White is a commercial illustrator with many years' experience of working with advertising agencies, design firms, publishers and large corporate accounts. He has received awards from The Broadcast Design Association and The National Naval Aviation Museum, and his paintings have appeared in Aviation Art magazine, Aviation History magazine, and on the History Channel. John and his wife Margery live in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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