When Japanese soldier Hiroo Onoda stumbled out of the Philippine Onoda wrote a best-selling book, “No Surrender: My Thirty Year War,”. Hiroo Onoda, 84, is a former member of an Imperial Japanese Army on Lubang are detailed in his book “No Surrender: My Thirty-year War.”. No Surrender: My Thirty Year War. Hiroo Onoda. In the Spring of , 2nd Lt. Hiroo Onoda of the Japanese army made world headlines when he emerged from.
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In the spring ofSecond Lieutenant Hiroo Onoda of the Japanese Army made world headlines when he emerged from the Philippine jungle after a thirty-year ordeal.
Hunted in turn by American troops, the Philippine police, hostile islanders, and successive Japanese search parties, Onoda had skillfully outmaneuvered all his pursuers, convinced that World War II was still b In the spring ofSecond Lieutenant Hiroo Onoda of the Japanese Army made world headlines when he emerged from the Philippine jungle after a thirty-year ordeal. Hunted in turn by American troops, the Philippine police, hostile islanders, and successive Japanese search parties, Onoda had skillfully outmaneuvered all his pursuers, convinced that World War II was still being fought and that one day his fellow soldiers would return victorious.
This account of those years is an epic tale of the will to survive that offers a rare glimpse of man’s invincible spirit, resourcefulness, and ingenuity. A hero to his people, Onoda wrote down his experiences soon after his return to civilization. This book was translated into English the following year and has enjoyed an approving audience ever since. Paperbackpages.
No Surrender: My Thirty-Year War
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Lists with This Book. Feb 22, Eadweard rated it it was amazing Shelves: I read this in one sitting, I couldn’t put it down. Five stars because of how crazy it sounds, it sounds like fiction, and the thing is, he wasn’t unique, others like him also held out for years. I didn’t know what to feel, I felt pity, I felt awe perhaps a strong word? How can someone be so fanatically deluded?
With all the leaflets, radio broadcasts, search parties, how can you still believe it’s all a plot by the enemy? I believe he d I read this in one sitting, I couldn’t put it down.
I believe he died last year or the year before, what a man. Dec 06, Krista Baetiong Tungol rated it liked it Shelves: This is the memoir of Hiroo Onoda, a Japanese soldier who was sent to Lubang Island in the Philippines during World War II and held out for the next thirty years in the belief that the war was still ongoing.
When Japan began its rescue missions for their holdout soldiers several years after the war, Onoda thought of these efforts as mere American propaganda and evaded contact.
This book offers an interesting insight about his passion to his duty, which is an act of honor to his Emperor and country. Even when he was initially conflicted by the big difference between guerrilla warfare to which he was assigned and their usual open combat that embraces the Bushido Code, he accepted his task without reservation.
He was astute, diligent and adaptive—cunning, too, which helped reinforce his jungle survival skills. I think a big percentage of his survival had to do with the abundance of food and water in Lubang forests and the other essentials he and his comrades had procured or pilfered to be frank from the lowland residents.
That, and his strong commitment to stand fast to his soldierly duties against all odds. I first heard about Onoda from a brief discussion in History class, and later on, from a local TV documentary. Mar 21, Benjamin Brown rated it it was amazing.
This book was a random find of my brother’s in a random antique shop’s book sale. I read it on the flight home and I could not stop dreaming of the jungle for days afterward.
I’ve been interested in WWII since I was a small child, visiting museums and such, but often reading books concerned more with the vast strategic overview of the war THIS is the book that will explain the near-insane loyalty and tenacity of the individual This book was a random find of my brother’s in a random antique shop’s book sale.
THIS is the book that will explain the near-insane loyalty and tenacity of the individual Japanese soldier during the war. This book reminds me of a young adult style survival story in the way of The Hatchet or My Side of the Mountain, the kind that many American children routinely consume in middle school, except for the socio-political background which brings the entire affair to insane-o-ville.
I find that I really respect Onoda. His story delves deeply into the mental state of a survivalist-warrior.
Required reading for those who like the topic of guerrilla warfare, state-sponsored social engineering, or pure blood-and-guts stoies of naked determination. This is what nationalism, intelligence, and pure chutzpah can result in. Oct 19, Aussie rated it really liked it. Onoda’s story is well known and his book documents the events in straightforward fashion. It’s a good read, but where the western reader will feel short-changed is in the lack of an adequate explanation of how Japanese military discipline produced such a warped result.
The strange and vain efforts of the Japanese government to bring Onoda out of the jungle will also leave readers scratching their heads. Still, it’s a terrific tale that gives some insight into a culture that remains a mystery – Onoda’s story is well known and his book documents the events in straightforward fashion. Still, it’s a terrific tale that gives some insight into a culture that remains a mystery – and I speak as someone who lived in Tokyo for three years.
Apr 12, James Clark rated it it was amazing. I just finished reading this book about Lt. In fact, I was in the U. Navy at the time of his final surrender in and was stationed in Misawa, Japan myself. I directly remember when this happened and I was amazed that there were still holdout soldiers from WWII hiding in the jungles.
It made me wonder, at the time, how many other straggler Japanese soldiers there mig I just finished reading this book about Lt. It made me wonder, at the time, how many other straggler Japanese soldiers there might be from Borneo to Malaysia and all the other islands in the Pacific that might still be holding out like this soldier did First of all, I have to say, that I deeply admire this man and his absolute conviction to carry out his orders – no matter what army or ideology such a soldier or military man serves or adheres to, I believe we must respect and honor his loyalty, bravery, absolute commitment to his duty and his country.
He went beyond and above the call of duty. As a fellow military man myself, and as an American, I salute Lt. Onoda because he demonstrated the highest caliber of the meaning of “duty” itself as well as being an outstanding officer of his country’s military. I do not know if he ever received any official honors for his enduring duty, if he was ever recompensed by Japan for 30 years in the jungles or if the Japanese Government ever took the time to promote him albeit, after the factwhich I believe they should have done when he returned to Japan in I lost track of this incident in the following years but never forgot about it.
And now, in I finally get to read his personal story on the matter. Onoda finally passed away this year in January, at the age of 91 years old! I came to read his book not only because I had personally experienced this surrender in while stationed in Japan, but because I have relatives myself who are Japanese by marriage through my siblings and it has always seemed that I have had Japanese somewhere in my life associations my best friend as a child was Japanese-American.
I believe that I have, through life experiences, come to at least know something of the Japanese Culture and the mentality, habits, drives and thinking of the Japanese People. I realize that in EVERY war, the goal of governments is to dehumanize the enemy – even more so, if the enemy is the one who started the conflict.
Yet, we must ALL remember And while their culture might demand of them Bushido thinking, under all the layers of culture, lies a human being who has all the needs that we do – the need for safety, food, shelter, respect, dignity, equity and most of all, love.
When we go to war we know we have to kill an enemy in compliance with our orders and our duty to our own country, regardless – and if we think we are killing an enemy and not a human being, it makes it easier to carry out that duty.
But he was also a product of his culture and his times. What clearly comes through all the pages of his book is that he was thoroughly and completely dedicated to his duty right on up to the day he surrendered in In this regard, we can completely understand the terrible difficulties we faced in WWII against hundreds of thousands of like-minded Japanese soldiers This book not only reveals the determination of the common Japanese soldier, but reflects the mind of the Japanese People, then AND today as well.
This book reads like a Robinson Caruso rendition, the day-to-day struggle to survive in the jungles, alone, without any contact from friendly outsiders that one could trust. Yes, several search parties and many other attempts were made to convince the three main hold-outs to come out and surrender – but in reading the book, we can understand why they refused.
Onoda’s orders commanded him to hold out, as a secret intelligence gathering soldier Onoda admits many times in the book, it was easy, to twist evidence to their own narrow and tiny boxed-in thinking, mainly because they refused to hear facts or recognize the truths presented to them multiple times in multiple ways to convince them to surrender. I suggest that anyone who considers themselves to be a war historian or anyone who has any interest in WWII in the Pacific, to read this book carefully and slowly and to follow it in reference to battles, tactics and underlying thinking of “What were the Japanese thinking.
I also recommend this book to anyone who thinks we should not have dropped the atomic bomb on Japan – because, if the millions of Japanese soldiers readying themselves for the invasion of Japan in were anything at all, like Lt. The fight to take Okinawa, the days it took to take Okinawa and the ferocious defense the Japanese Army took to stand against overwhelming allied forces to take Okinawa, is all too real evidence that we had to drop the bomb Now, init is too late to go back and ask those remaining few who might still be alive, to write similar work as this.
We do not often hear what our old foe had to say because every distant drum beat has come from America and our victory – drowning out the voices of the past that there was another side to that war – one I think we never wanted to hear. This book lets us hear a tiny portion. PS – I abhor the war crimes and atrocities committed by the Japanese military all over Asia. I condemn those crimes as I would any crime like them, then or since. Onoda according to his account was not involved in those crimes and did not make decisions that lead to their commitment.
I see Onoda as one lone soldier, carrying out his official duty as any good soldier in any army would have done.
Jul 10, Joshua Sussman rated it really liked hiroo. Really enjoyed this book. What an amazingly interesting story. Overall though, I really liked it. Also wished the ending went further into his re-assimilation back into modern Japanese society.
Jul 30, Alecia Livie rated it really liked it.