1. HANDLING PRISONERS
That at least some high Japanese officers recognize
the importance of capturing prisoners for intelligence
purposes is borne out by the following enemy statements:
Since prisoners often furnish profitable intelligence, after you
have examined them as to their unit, you will send them back
immediately to higher headquarters. This procedure is doubly
imperative when an important enemy officer is captured.
Interrogating intelligent prisoners of war is a profitable manner
in which to accumulate information.
If we make a special effort, we can capture prisoners with
ease. Therefore, all front-line units, sentries, and
patrols will take advantage of opportunities to execute
surprise attacks for this purpose. You will find it
profitable to use pitfalls.
2. USE OF ENGINEERS
The Japanese Army engineer is very much a frontline
soldier. He is employed in the advance guard
during an approach; he is used in the first waves of
troops during landing operations; or he is detailed to
any job which requires special training, such as special
assault detachments or parties for attacking strongly
fortified positions, for attacking tanks at close
range, and for raiding hostile artillery positions, and
It is interesting to note the percentage of engineers
the Japanese use in assault groups. In fighting tanks
or attacking pillboxes, the enemy party may be composed
entirely of engineer troops. From 50 to 75 percent of
the personnel in raiding parties are engineers.