Title: Japanese Parachute Troops
Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: 1973
Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 61 pages
Comments: The detailed account of Japanese Parachute Troops during World War Two.
Japanese parachute troops met with only limited success in the early operations of the current war. The Japanese themselves make very modest claims for their achievements, and admit frankly that the Parachute Corps must be greatly expanded and that more thought must be devoted to the training of these forces and their use in combat.
The first serious efforts toward creating a Parachute Corps in Japan were made in the late spring and early summer of 1941, when four parachute training centers were established at Himeji, Kasumigaura, Akitsu, and Koko (northwestern Taiwan). There were rumors and unconfirmed reports that as many as five other training centers had been established by October 1941. At least one was reported to be in the vicinity of Canton, China.
The four original fields were equipped with 400-foot parachute towers and were prepared to take care of the entire training of the paratrooper from his enrollment in the Corps to graduation with his unit. The other centers reported were said to be regular airfields to which parachute battalions were moved after the personnel had completed basic training. These were parachute training centers only insofar as parachute units were stationed there and conducted advanced training with air and ground forces.