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

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781873410332
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/7/1995
  • Series: Japan Library
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Shutting the Stable-Door 1
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. 2 The Courses 11
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. 3 The 'Japanese' War 35
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. 4 Into Action 49
The road to India
Contribution to victory
New area of command for SEAC
Ch. 5 In South East Asia at the End of the War 85
Japan's unexpected surrender
The language officers' new area of operation
Lieutenant Gardner
Ch. 6 With the Occupation Army in Japan 96
William Evans at Tokyo GHQ
Hugh Cortazzi in Western Honshu
Lew Radbourne in Hiroshima prefecture
Ian Nish in western Honshu and Shikoku
Ch. 7 The War-Time Courses Assessed 104
Army reports
The School's assessment of the courses
Ch. 8 What Became of the Instructors and Students After the War 111
The Instructors who left SOAS
The Instructors who stayed on at SOAS after the war
The students - academics
The students - others
Ch. 9 The Legacy of the War-Time Courses 140
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 1945 145
Appendix A: Syllabus, teaching materials and reference materials used on the Services General Purpose Course 146
Appendix B: Army and RAF reports 152
Bibliography and sources 156
Facsimile documents 163
Index 169
Maps Southern Burma 172
Strategic map - Burma & Malaya 173
Strategic map - Pacific 174
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