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Unit 731 : Japan's secret biological warfare in World War II

Author: Peter Williams; David Wallace
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : English
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For nearly half a century, the truth about the Japanese Army's Unit 731 has been shrouded in mystery. It was set up in 1935 by brilliant bacteriologist Shiro Ishii in a remote village in Japanese-occupied Manchuria. There, for the next decade, Japanese soldier-scientists carried out freezing, ballistics and vivisection experiments on "enemies"--Russian, Chinese, American, British and Australian prisoners of war.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Williams; David Wallace
OCLC Number: 57180651
Notes: Originally published: New York : Free Press, ©1989. 1st American ed.
Description: 1 audio disc : digital, mono ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Secret: Discovery; Higher forms of killing; Experiments in Manchuria; Secret of secrets; Prisoners in Nude; Waging germ warfare; End of Pingfan --
Disclosure: What Allied Intelligence knew; MacArthur, freedom, tolerance and justice; Murray Sanders; Ishii investigated; Evidence and trials; Soviet interrogations and information; Further interrogations; US secret knowledge; Six days at Khabarovsk --
Consequences: Forty years on --
Appendices: Naito Document; Sanders Report; Thompson Report; Inglis Report.
Other Titles: Unit Seven Hundred Thirty-One
Unit Seven Thirty-One
Responsibility: Peter Williams and David Wallace.

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For nearly half a century, the truth about the Japanese Army's Unit 731 has been shrouded in mystery. It was set up in 1935 by brilliant bacteriologist Shiro Ishii in a remote village in Japanese-occupied Manchuria. There, for the next decade, Japanese soldier-scientists carried out freezing, ballistics and vivisection experiments on "enemies"--Russian, Chinese, American, British and Australian prisoners of war. But, unlike his Nazi counterpart, Josef Mengele, Ishii was never prosecuted by the victorious Allied forces for his crimes of experimentation on human beings. And, although Emperor Hirohito's seal appeared on the document establishing Unit 731, no accusation was made against him nor against Ishii and his colleagues in the course of the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal. [The] authors [of this book] tell the story of how and why all this happened. Gathering ... new evidence from British, American, Soviet, and Japanese documentary sources and participants, they trace the origins, activities, and impact of Unit 731 and its deadly weaponry, as well as American willingness to grant immunity to those involved in exchange for research data derived from the horrifying experiments. Implicating General Douglas MacArthur in the decision to conceal Unit 731's crimes and to protect Japanese scientists from prosecution, the authors make clear that information about the extraordinary warfare conducted by the Unit was known to Britain, Canada, China, France, the Netherlands, and the Soviet Union as well. Yet, no charges concerning Japanese bacteriological and chemical warfare were ever brought before the War Crimes Tribunal.-Dust jacket.

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