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The Senshi Sōsho (戦史叢書?), also called the Kōkan Senshi (公刊戦史?), is a military history of Imperial Japan's involvement in the Pacific War from 1937 to 1945. The history was compiled and is currently kept by the War History Office of Japan's Ministry of Defense in Tokyo, Japan. The publisher was Asagumo Shimbunsha.[1]

The history, comprising 102 volumes, was compiled during the 1960s and 70s from Imperial Japanese Army, Imperial Japanese Navy, other Japanese government records, and personal diaries and records which survived Japan's defeat in the war. Many of the records were initially confiscated by Allied governments, mainly the United States, but were returned to Japan in 1958.[2]

The work provides information and details on Japanese organization and operations in the Pacific campaign. Only a few of the volumes, however, have been translated into English, making it difficult for Western historians who do not read Japanese to make use of the information in western studies of the Pacific War.


  1. Parshall, p. xxiv; NIDS.
  2. Taylan


  • <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>Kurono, Taeru (January 28, 2009). "World War I and the First Amendment of the Imperial Defense Policy". National Institute of Informatics. Historical Society of Japan. Retrieved April 28, 2009.
  • <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>National Institute for Defense Studies (NIDS) (January 28, 2009). "Military History Documents at NIDS". Military Archival Library. War History Office, Ministry of Defense (Japan). Retrieved April 28, 2009.
  • Parshall, Jonathan; Tully, Anthony (2005). Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway. Dulles, VA: Potomac Books. ISBN 1-57488-923-0. 
  • <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>Taylan, Justin (January 28, 2009). "Senshi Sosho". Pacific World War II Book Review. Pacific Retrieved April 28, 2009.

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