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No shortage of food for the Japanese in Burma - 1/22/2009 12:15:41 PM   
m10bob


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I just saw episode 14 from the old TV series "A World At War". Seems excellent, and valuable as the series interviews participants from both sides.
A Japanese veteran with excellent English language skills reveals one the Japanese advantages in the jungle, was not so much a matter of tactical doctrine as much as it was that they were surrounded by FOOD!..They had an abundance of food in Burma because the jungle was loaded with bamboo, and they all ate bamboo shoots in their regular diet, along with the other things they might find in Burma..The vet further stated they would watch the monkeys, and whatever the monkeys ate, they ate, and what the monkeys avoided, the soldiers avoided, and therefore did not get sick eating the wrong things.
The Allied troops on the other hand (according to the Allied interviewed) were eating canned corned beef and Yorkshire pudding, so their supply lines were short, and limited..

I recommend this series to anybody who has not seen it yet.

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RE: No shortage of food for the Japanese in Burma - 1/22/2009 2:08:42 PM   
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I thought that during the Japanese attack towards Imphal and Kohima there was insufficent logistic support, in line with the Japanese attitude of over ambitious plans and that many of their troops died of starvation in the jungle during the retreat.

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RE: No shortage of food for the Japanese in Burma - 1/22/2009 5:42:33 PM   
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Such a suppliment of the diet would help men presevere but it wasn't enough to replace regular food and other needed necessities...even on defense.

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RE: No shortage of food for the Japanese in Burma - 1/22/2009 5:51:42 PM   
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You will not climb out of your foxhole/bunker/pit to get some food from the surrounding jungle when enemy is few yards away and his artillery is active .... . Lead dont make a healthy diet... 

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RE: No shortage of food for the Japanese in Burma - 1/22/2009 5:53:12 PM   
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..... Lead dont make good diet... 


Yeah, it can lead to 'health problems'

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RE: No shortage of food for the Japanese in Burma - 1/22/2009 5:56:53 PM   
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hmmm a bamboo diet might help me shed the 10 pounds i'd like to leave behind. I'm certainly not giving up BEER!



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RE: No shortage of food for the Japanese in Burma - 1/22/2009 7:42:13 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Nikademus

hmmm a bamboo diet might help me shed the 10 pounds i'd like to leave behind. I'm certainly not giving up BEER!




Me too, no matter what the monkeys do!

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