The Path of Infinite Sorrow: The Japanese on the Kokoda Track (Paperback)

The Path of Infinite Sorrow: The Japanese on the Kokoda Track By Craig Collie, Hajime Marutani Cover Image

The Path of Infinite Sorrow: The Japanese on the Kokoda Track (Paperback)

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The story of the bloody Kokoda campaign, told through the personal experiences of the Japanese soldiers

We were all skin and bone, as if our stomachs were stuck to the inside wall of our back.

The Australian story of Kokoda has been told often from the perspective of the Australians. Now, for the first time ever, the full Japanese story of Kokoda is told, a poignant tale of comradeship and heartrending suffering. This is a very human story of the other side, told through the eyes of Japanese soldiers who were there. It draws from a range of firsthand sources—interviews with survivors, diaries that soldiers left behind, memoirs written after the war, and what has survived of the records of the Japanese military. Full of painful recollections and startling wartime revelations, this is the lesser-known story of a tragic battle that continues to haunt survivors from both sides.

Craig Collie is a television producer and director and the author of Nagasaki. Hajime Marutani is a translator, an interpreter, and a researcher for the Australian War Memorial's Australia–Japan Research Project. They worked together on Beyond Kokoda, an award-winning documentary series on the History Channel.
Product Details ISBN: 9781742375915
ISBN-10: 174237591X
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Publication Date: September 1st, 2012
Pages: 324
Language: English
"A major contribution to the literature of the war in the Southwest Pacific."  —The NYMAS Review