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07-21-2016, 11:23 PM
I have a character who was there as a Japanese soldier, if my working assumptions hold up.

I could use some info on the structure of the Japanese army. Training and organization would be nice. Equipment.

As I understand it, there was no discipline by the Japanese against any of the troops involved. One general was reassigned and another got nothing.

Who investigated afterward? I know there were European and (I believe) American expats there at the time.

07-21-2016, 11:44 PM
Who investigated afterward? I know there were European and (I believe) American expats there at the time.

I think this will help with some of your questions:

Full translation of a Report on the Investigation of the Rape of Nanking. Translation requested by the International Prosecuting Section: http://cdm16101.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p13055dc/id/29727

07-26-2016, 07:46 AM
A question about the training, organization, and equipment of the late 1930's Japanese army is very, very broad. At what level of details are you asking? General organization and structure of the army? How the higher HQ's operated? Or more "boots on the ground" low level tactical stuff at the Company, Platoon, or Squad level?

I recommend some general research on the early war Japanese army first so you can narrow it down a bit. Right now you are essentially asking for a book length response.

07-26-2016, 07:53 AM
Here's some links if you haven't seen them already







07-26-2016, 07:56 AM
And here's a book in a series I find useful


https://www.amazon.com/Japanese-Infantryman-1937-45-Empire-Warrior/dp/1841768189/ref=pd_sim_14_2?ie=UTF8&dpID=519UFvgdeNL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL480_SR348%2C480_&psc=1&refRID=WVH84YQMA2RCX066MV45 (https://www.amazon.com/Japanese-Army-1931-45-1-1931-42/dp/1841763535/ref=sr_1_fkmr2_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1469505356&sr=8-1-fkmr2&keywords=structure+of+the+japanese+army+in+wwii)

07-26-2016, 08:00 AM
And this book i actually checked out the library and read. It goes into much detail on overall organization, training, and tactics, from the macro to the micro. This would probably answer 80% of your questions


07-26-2016, 08:03 AM
Google the images and they will never leave your mind.

10-23-2016, 04:53 AM
John Rabe's diaries, published as "The Good Man of Nanking" are harrowing testimony. He was the man who created - or tried to create - the Safety Zone - and, out-of-touch as he was, (he had left Germany years before and not seen clearly the direction Nazism had been going along) kept writing to Hitler to tell him what was happening and expecting him to intervene.