Uniforms of Imperial Army occupation forces in Asia, 1942-45; naval landing forces; air force paratroops; Guadalcanal 1942-43; the China-Burma-India front 1944; Pacific island defence forces 1943-45; defence forces in the Home Islands 1945.
Philip S. Jowett was born in Leeds in 1961, and has been interested in military history for as long as he can remember. His original interest lies in small and little-known wars and armies; before beginning his series on the Italian Army of World War II he was the author of the much praised MAA 306 Chinese Civil War Armies 1911-49. A rugby league enthusiast and amateur genealogist, he is married and lives in Leeds. Stephen Andrew was born in 1961 in Glasgow (where he still lives and works). In the last few years he has established himself as one of the best young illustrators of military subjects working today. An entirely self-taught artist, he worked as a junior in advertising and design agencies before becoming a freelance illustrator in 1993. Military history is his passion, and since 1997 he has illustrated Osprey titles including MAA 306 Chinese Civil War Armies 1911-1949, and the five-volume sequence on the World War II German Army.
"Although the book is very brief in its description of the JIA's military background, organization and character (due to that information being kept within the series' previous installment), its brilliant artwork coupled with detailed descriptions is a treasure trove for any modeller interested in the subject." --Chas Young, Armorama (March 2008)