Senshi Sōsho

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The Senshi Sōsho (戦史叢書?), also called the Kōkan Senshi (公刊戦史?), is a military history of Imperial Japan's involvement in the Pacific War from 1937 to 1945. The history was compiled and is currently kept by the War History Office of Japan's Ministry of Defense in Tokyo, Japan. The publisher was Asagumo Shimbunsha.[1]

The history, comprising 102 volumes, was compiled during the 1960s and 1970s from Imperial Japanese Army, Imperial Japanese Navy, other Japanese government records, and personal diaries and records which survived Japan's defeat in the war. Many of the records were initially confiscated by Allied governments, mainly the United States, but were returned to Japan in 1958.[2] The 102 volumes of the series include 37 volumes on the Imperial Headquarters, 34 volumes on army campaigns, 21 volumes on navy campaigns, nine volumes about air services campaigns, and one volume of chronology.[3]

The work provides information and details on Japanese organization and operations in the Pacific campaign. Currently, only one volume has been translated into English making it difficult for Western historians who do not read Japanese to make use of the information in western studies of the Pacific War. The Corts Foundation is currently translating two additional volumes into English. These translations focuses specifically on the volumes relevant to the study of the Japanese attack on and the subsequent occupation of the former Dutch East-Indies in the period of 1941 to 1945.[4]

  1. ^ Parshall, p. xxiv; NIDS.
  2. ^ Taylan
  3. ^ The Corts Foundation
  4. ^ The Corts Foundation


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