The Japanese Monographs were the first effort by Japanese historians (mostly Army and Navy general staff officers) to record the Japanese military history of the war 1937-45. Written in English and Japanese.
These Monographs were the foundation for the 102 volume Senshi Sosho history of the war written during the 1960's and 1970's. The Japanese War History Office in Tokyo was able to add more detailed information to the earlier Monographs. The new information came from Japanese documents that were returned to Japan in 1958 by the Allies including, personal diaries, interviews with senior officers, etc. These were only published in Japanese.
One volume, Japanese Army Operations in the South Pacific Area was translated to English by the Australia-Japan Research Project (AJRP) and is available online free as a PDF file.
Review by Justin Taylan
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November 30, 2018