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July 2-10, 44
From The Diary Of Koyama Kiwiwojo


July 2

We went out in search of gardens, arrived at a garden about eight miles distant. There were no potatoes, but we cooked leaves and ate them.

July 5

The platoon Commander, Kawamvra arrived here.

July 6

The enemy planes were said to be dropping food, but we could not find any.

July 10

We set out today, many dropped out on the way.

Two men are in dying condition.

Why do we have to go through all these hardships?

Notes

Pages 194-230 of this free e-book, authored by a U.S. Marine 6 years after the war, cover the Japanese situation in the hills of Saipan.

Saipan: the beginning of the end

by Hoffman, Carl W; United States. Marine Corps

https://archive.org/details/Saipan

Below is a Japanese retrospective.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/07/05/national/history/battle-saipan-brutal-invasion-claimed-55000-lives/#.WVJy_MuWy1s

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LaManoJune 29, 2017 12:21 PM UTC

Get this diary together and for sale. I'll buy it on the first day out!