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Banzai From The Sky
280 pages; 24 chapters and 2 appendixes
Japanese Paratroopers is the largest and most comprehensive book
available on Japanese parachute troops in World War II. Japanese
Paratroopers describes the organization, training and strange
tactics of Japanese paratroops. Although Japanese army and navy
paratroop forces were third in size of all the Axis armies, behind Germany
and Italy, their quality left much to be desired after 1942. In spite of the
fact that Japanese paratroop units distinguished themselves in
1941 and 1942, in the years thereafter Japanese paratroop
performance rapidly deteriorated although the size of the Japanese
paratroop force increased. Japanese Paratroopers describes the
eccentricity, peculiarities and glory of Japanese parachute troops.
“The Japanese considered that the ideal landing area was a locality where paratroops could assemble easily after
the jump. They determined that the attack objective should be within three miles or less of the landing site. However,
in actual operations the Japanese have landed as far as 12 miles from their objective. If the landing point was too
far from the objective the Japanese felt that the element of surprise would be lost, and the enemy would have
additional time to make defensive preparations.
Japanese paratroopers were briefed in detail upon completion of the reconnaissance. Frequently, annotated aerial
photographs of the installations to be seized were issued, and often rehearsals were held. Assembly areas to be
used before and after the assault were selected.
In actual practice, orders for the operation were specific, covering phases, objectives, and tactics in minute detail.
Communications and signal systems were established, with air-ground communication generally effected by panels.
Between units on the ground, radio may be used, or improvised methods, such as the sounding of musical
instruments and distinctive noises, were adopted. The latter measures, however, were probably for identification
among the supporting units rather than for communication.”
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