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Private Yokoi's war and life on Guam, 1944-1972 : the story of the Japanese Imperial Army's longest WWII survivor in the field and later life

Author: Hatashin Omi; Shōichi Yokoi
Publisher: Folkestone, Kent, UK : Global Oriental, 2009.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book is about the reality of such a man (and the ingenuity he applied to ensure his survival), which is very different from the stereotype. The first part is the English translation of his own autobiography, which was narrated to his wife who wrote everything down. The second part is a biography of Yokoi after his return to Japan, including his marriage, upper house elections in 1974, his pottery and his views  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Personal narratives
Autobiographie
Personal narratives, Japanese
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Omi, Hatashin.
Private Yokoi's war and life on Guam, 1944-1972.
Folkestone, Kent, UK : Global Oriental, 2009
(OCoLC)190967959
Named Person: Shōichi Yokoi; Shōichi Yokoi
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Hatashin Omi; Shōichi Yokoi
ISBN: 9789004213043 900421304X
OCLC Number: 754773631
Language Note: Translated from the Japanese.
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 237 pages [8] pages of plates) : illustrations, map
Contents: Early days (1915-September 1941) --
To Where are we going to be posted? (February-March 1944) --
'Deployment' in Guam (March-July 1944) --
The US invasion: 'attack the Americans and die!' (21 July-6 August 1944) --
The last days of our platoon (6 August --
September 1944) --
'Survival war' in the jungle: 'don't rush to die. The Japanese Army is coming to rescue us' (September 1944-May 1945) --
'Japan has surrendered, come out!' (June-December 1945) --
'We shall never surrender' (1946-1947) --
'I shall survive on my own' (1949) --
Tailoring from tree fibres: 'The empire will strike back in a decade' (1949-1950) --
'No way to survive but to hide us underground' (1950-1959) --
'How to get off Guam?' (1959-1962) --
The death of my last colleagues (c. 1962-1964) --
Eight years in solitude (c. 1964-1971) --
Factors in my survival --
Discovery: 'no one shall remain alive to incur the shame of becoming a prisoner of war' (January 1972) --
Epilogue: 'being thankful for this day in order the better to arrive at tomorrow'.
Responsibility: by Omi Hatashin, [Shōichi Yokoi].

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When discovered by local hunters on Guam, Yokoi was widely reported as a `no surrender man' who survived, living up to the old Japanese military code of honour. This book sheds light on the reality  Read more...

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