General “Lightnin” Joe Collins On How The Japanese And German Soldiers Differed In World War II.

by Daniel Russ on November 25, 2012

General "Lightnin" Joe Collins.

 

“They were radically different. The German was far more skilled than the Japanese. Most of the Japanese that we fought were not skilled men. Not skilled leaders. The German had a professional army. . . . The Japanese army was very much like ours in a sense. They had a small corps of officers who were professionals. But the bulk of their people were not professionals in the sense of knowing their business and so on. They didn’t have the equipment that we had. They didn’t know how to handle combined arms-the artillery and the support of the infantry-to the same extent we did. They were gallant soldiers, though. They fought to the end and you had to knock them off-that was all there was to it. And we had to do that right on Guadalcanal. . . . The Japanese were very gallant men. They fought very, very hard, but they were not nearly as skillful as the Germans. But the German didn’t have the tenacity of the Japanese.”

 

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Louis September 21, 2017 at 8:00 am

The Gurkhas thought the best soldiers that they encountered during WWII to be the Italians. Not the ones in Italy, but the ones that were defending Italian East Africa, which is now Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia. But then, those Italians would mostly have been long service professionals.
And they, the Gurkhas that is, were also contemptious about the soldiering craft of the Japanese.

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