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[627] Stewart, Adrian. The Battle of Leyte Gulf. London: Robert Hale Ltd., 1979.
This book is a step by step account of the different phases during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Although it is a primarily a Western account, it does have some firsthand accounts from Japanese officers. More importantly, it has a brief section in which it details the origins of the Kamikaze suicide bomber program. This gives the reader an in depth account into the historical and societal pressures felt by every soldier in the Japanese armed forces. This book can be found in the Uvic library, call number: D774 P5S75.   - legassie
[463] Matloff, Maurice. American Military History. Washington, D.C.: Office of the Chief of Military History, United States Army, 1969.
[274] Fuchida, Mitsuo, and Masatake Okumiya. Midway: the Battle that Doomed Japan: the Japanese Navy's Story. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1955.
This book, although not dealing with Leyte Gulf, details Midway, another important battle during the Pacific Campaign. Written by two surviving Japanese officers, it gives an account of not just the Japanese side of the battle but how they saw and reacted to this decisive defeat. One can thus conclude that the average Japanese soldier could have had a similar experience at Leyte Gulf. It can be found in the Uvic library, call number: D774 M5F812. - wchaster
[657] International Military Tribunal for the Far East, Judgement. Hyperwar Foundation, 1948.
HTML transcription by Patrick Clancey.
[502] McGovern, Mimura. Hiroshima: Way of Life. U.S. National Archives, 1946.
This film reel shot in 1946 depicts residents of Hiroshima living in the city’s ruins. It is available for unrestricted access and use online at the National Archives website. This resource shows the extent of the damage done to Hiroshima; however, its true value for the online historical resource lies in its depiction of everyday life in Hiroshima. Clips show, for example, farmers tending crops amid the rubble and citizens scouring the ruins for salvageable items, thereby depicting the alteration, adaption, and continuation of everyday life after the bomb. Available online here
[646] Navy, U.S.. Princeton Burning. U.S. National Archives, 1944.
[706] Japanese Occupation of China, 1940. United States Military Academy, Department of History, 1940.
[707] Manchukuo Immigration Poster. Manchukuo Government, 1937.
[284] Manchukuo: The Newborn Empire. Beaux Arts Productions, 1937.
This documentary film from 1937 describes Manchuria to American audiences as a modern industrialized jewel of Asia that represents western values. The announcer commends Japan on their excellent job of bringing modernization to the rest of the east. This source provides the viewer with an understanding of American views of Japan and its imperial colonization project in the east prior to entering into the war. As it was published in 1937, this source can be considered primary. Additionally the source is now older than 67 years and as such falls into the public domain. Available on Youtube
[651] Ishii, Shiro. Unit 731 Drawing., 1937.
[489] Japan's Case in the Sino-Japanese Dispute. Geneva: Japanese Delegation to the League of Nations, 1933.
This website provides an archive file which shows Japan's case in the Sino-Japanese dispute as presented before the special session of the Assembly of the League of Nations. This primary source is from 1933 and outlines Japan’s point of view of world politics within the League and Japan’s reasoning for being in Manchuria. This document is useable for the project because it’s archived and has been dated prior to 1945.  Full text available here
[709] Propoganda Poster for Manchukuo. Corbis Images, 1930.
[713] Kanno Sugako, the only woman to be hanged for treason in Japan. in Sharon Sievers, Flowers in Salt, 1908.
[469] Jane, Fred T.. The Imperial Japanese Navy. London: Conway Maritime Press, 1904.
[697] Emperor Meiji of Japan In Government of Japan., 1890.
[714] Japanese Communist Party Logo. Japanese Communist Party.