Box art: Alex Varela
Art: María Fernández
Limited edition of 150 copies
Japan had a strong military history with an immensely strong patriotic society , every male at the age of 20 was given a medical which on passing and dependant on his status would be called up for military service for 2 years. Most went to Class A –Infantry .
The red call up papers or “akagami” was delivered by the local military clerk or police officer in the early hours normally.
His family would have presented him with a thousand stitch belt or ‘senninbari’. This was meant to give him supernatural powers.
The family flew a red sun flag over the house while he was away showing pride in that their son or father had been selected to serve the emperor.
Discipline in the forces was harsh, with the void between men and Officer rank being huge and never crossed, unthinking obedience to the nation or Japanese spirit or “yamato damashii” was present by any means.
Wounded and sick stood little chance of survival with a concept of self sacrifice being installed in all soldiers.
The PhilipinesThe attack on the Philippines started on December 8, 1941 ten hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.
The battle for the main island of Luzon involved 250,000 Japanese defenders, more than any other island. Many units are understrength, low on ammunition, food and logistical transport.
The island had an intricate network of field fortifications often underground and manned to resist attacks without care of losses.
The liberation of the Philippines was costly. In the Philippines alone, the Americans lost 60,628 men and the Japanese an estimated 300,000 all dying for their Emperor.
The standard Infantry Regiment consisted of 2,360 men at full strength by this time, often lower.
The Miniature Bust
Armed with the Type 97 rifle and the Tokia 2.5 telescopic sight which had been adjusted just for our individual soldier allowing him accuracy up to 650m.
He is lucky he has a lightweight cotton tropical uniform, a field cap and good equipment, he has rice and his ammunition pouches are full …..
He is blessed….. The Emperor and his family are looking after him,
After a time in the dense jungle his uniform will be a poorer condition and in shreds, he will smell, no washing is allowed but he will be invisible.
Our sniper serves his Emperor with skill and dedication in horrific conditions knowing that if he should die his family will be proud of him.