The Japanese War: London University's WWII Secret Teaching Programme and the Experts Sent to Help Beat Japan

The Japanese War: London University's WWII Secret Teaching Programme and the Experts Sent to Help Beat Japan

by Sadao Oba
     
 

ISBN-10: 1873410336

ISBN-13: 9781873410332

Pub. Date: 08/07/1995

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Translated by Ann Kaneko. How British school pupils were recruited to learn in 18 months or less what was then considered to be the most difficult language in the world, in order to become translators, interpreters and interrogators for the allied effort in the Pacific War - a staggering 648 experts in the period 1942-47.  See more details below

Overview

Translated by Ann Kaneko. How British school pupils were recruited to learn in 18 months or less what was then considered to be the most difficult language in the world, in order to become translators, interpreters and interrogators for the allied effort in the Pacific War - a staggering 648 experts in the period 1942-47.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781873410332
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/07/1995
Series:
Japan Library
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1Shutting the Stable-Door1
The 'boys'
Japanese teaching before the war
The department's response to the impending crisis
War and the shortage of Japanese linguists
The decision to select bright students with a flair for languages
Ch. 2The Courses11
The courses and their alumni
The conflicting views of the forces and the school
The instructors
The curriculum and teaching materials
Daniels' teaching policy
Ch. 3The 'Japanese' War35
The boys' struggle with the new language
The instructors in class
'Japanese head'
The Japanese instructors' war work
Odd soldiers
Farewell to 'the boys'
Ch. 4Into Action49
The road to India
India
Burma
Contribution to victory
New area of command for SEAC
Ch. 5In South East Asia at the End of the War85
Japan's unexpected surrender
The language officers' new area of operation
Lieutenant Gardner
Ch. 6With the Occupation Army in Japan96
William Evans at Tokyo GHQ
Hugh Cortazzi in Western Honshu
Lew Radbourne in Hiroshima prefecture
Ian Nish in western Honshu and Shikoku
Ch. 7The War-Time Courses Assessed104
Army reports
The School's assessment of the courses
Ch. 8What Became of the Instructors and Students After the War111
The Instructors who left SOAS
The Instructors who stayed on at SOAS after the war
The students - academics
The students - others
Ch. 9The Legacy of the War-Time Courses140
The Scarbrough Report
Professor Edwards' visit to the Far East
Teaching materials
Translators V Reunion
The legacy of the war-time courses
Table 2: Number of students on the war-time courses in September 1945145
Appendix A: Syllabus, teaching materials and reference materials used on the Services General Purpose Course146
Appendix B: Army and RAF reports152
Bibliography and sources156
Facsimile documents163
Index169
Maps Southern Burma172
Strategic map - Burma & Malaya173
Strategic map - Pacific174

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