World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF ASIA: With My Colonel

On the India-Burma front, British soldiers searched a Jap prisoner, found an order from a Japanese colonel concluding: "It is essential to foster between officers and men a spiritual union of happy death together."

Inspired, a British bard posted this:

Eve of Battle (Sung lugubriously by a Japanese private)

With what exquisite sorrow

I look forward to tomorrow,

To my sniffing of the cannon's scented breath;

I think with tearful pleasure

Of our future ageless leisure, United—officers and men—in happy death.

From the heights of my despair I shall tremulously dare, Courageously to kick and squeal and

bite ;

Although we turn and run, Yet our battle will be won,...

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