Discussion in 'Information Requests' started by bstallter, Feb 11, 2013.
Like to see more on the various home fronts personally.
Not covered much is the resistance to the war efforts on the various home fronts. Even after Pearl Harbor there were American groups that insisted we shouldn't be fighting the Germans, just the Japanese. And others who said we shouldn't be fighting the Japanese, just the Germans.
For those interested: I opened a thread about the German American Bund .
I'd also be interested to find a book written in depth on the RAF Gardening operations over the northern waters ............... I do know that the LW I./NJG 3 operated in opposition to this but in vain during late 44-45.
On a similar note, I have a book on American conscientious objectors, but don't believe I've ever seen one on British ones.
The situation on the Chinese mainland gets little copy whatsoever. Nobody to my knowledge has bothered to catalog the ups and downs of Japanese occupation, other than to mention Marco Polo Bridge, Nanking, Chiang Kai Shek and Stillwell. The general situation pertaining to the various warlords that ruled in China is not adequately covered, niether are the conditions faced by Chinese civilians, under the Japs, with the Nationalists, or those that threw their lot in with the Communist guerillas.
We cannot even say for absolute exactly how many people perished in China. We have no idea what their battle casualties were, and we don't have much of an idea what was happening along the border either, Khalkin Gol excepted.
The other great interior mystery are the conditions that ordinary Russian civilians put up with during the war years. We hear much from Soviet propaganda, but little else. How many of these people starved to death is still a mystery, as well as the total figure of war dead of all types for the Soviet Union. First, they told us it cost 20 million, then at the turn of this century, estimates were as high as 50 million of all types, military and civilian. Glantz prefers to listen to the Russians themselves, who now tell us 30 million. Whats more, were there any examples of revolts deep inside the Soviet Union? Did the Red Army have to 'invade' any of it's own provinces at any stage? It cannot all have been factory workers giving their roubles away to 'buy' tanks and aircraft out of their patriotic duty, as Pravda would tell it. There must have been quite a bit of dissent associated with shortages of everything.
And further, how many Soviet civilians were put to work for the State against their will? How many died in the course of this work for the State?
If you really want to research something, look deeply into these two areas, as they aren't going to explain themselves.
For some details on naval aspectes of the Japanese conflict with China see:
Naval War in China