From: Dismal Seepage Indiana
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.
< Message edited by m10bob -- 1/22/2009 12:31:26 PM >