Factories of Death: Japanese Biological Warfare 1932-45 and the American Cover-up

Author(s): Sheldon H. Harris

Second World War

Professor Harris's book significantly expands our knowledge of a previously hidden and shameful event of World War Two. Through access to documents unavailable to earlier researchers, he details the activities of Unit 731 of the Imperial Japanese Army, a formation dedicated to conducting bacterial warfare research in Manchuria. Under the command of Colonel Ishii Shiro, the unit conducted innumerable experiments in the 1930s and 1940s. Many involved the use of living subjects, tests that often cost these subjects their lives. Harris addresses the question of whether some of these subjects were Caucasian prisoners of war, and concludes that there is no irrefutable evidence that that was the case. Certainly the vast majority of subjects were Chinese nationals. Harris also shows how the United States government provided immunity from investigation for men who thereby avoided war crimes trials, so that the US could acquire the results of Japanese expertise in bacteriological warfare. This book will be a valuable contribution to our continually enlarging knowledge of human behaviour in wartime.' - Charles G. Roland, Jason A. Hannah Professor of the History of Medicine, McMaster University, Ontario


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Preface: Acknowledgements: The Pacific Theater: World War II: Introduction Part One: Japanese Factories of Death 1. Manchuria 2. Ishii Shiro 3. The Beiyinhe Bacteria Factory 4. Phase 1: Building Ping Fan 5. Phase 2: Hell in Ping Fan 6. The Secret of Secrets: Human Experiments 7. The Death Factory in Changchun 8. The Death Factory in Nanking 9. Experiments on Prisoners of War 10. Who Knew? Part Two: American Cover-Ups 11. The American Biological Warfare Programme 12. Discovery of the Secret of Secrets 13. Investigations 14. Scientists and the Cover-Up 15. The Military and the Cover-Up 16. Epilogue: Notes: Select Bibliography: Index

General Fields

  • : 9780415132060SECA
  • : Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • : Routledge
  • : September 1995
  • : 229mm X 152mm X 18mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 328
  • : map
  • : Sheldon H. Harris
  • : Paperback
  • : 358.380952