No Surrender: My Thirty-Year War

No Surrender is a story of a man who stayed and survived in the jungle of the Philippines and came out of hiding after 30 years. It is a memoir of 2nd Lt. Hiroo Onoda who personally wrote this book. The book chronicles the struggles and challenges that Onoda had to face during his 30 years stay in the jungle. It also showed how Japanese soldier carry their mission and duty and how passionate they are. Get to know Onoda and the Japanese culture by reading this book in one sitting.


The 30-year story of survival of 2nd Lt. Hiroo Onoda was chronicled in his Novotel Surrender memoir. It talks about his early life as a Japanese intelligence officer and how his experiences helped him survive and evade his captors for 30 years.

Lt. Onoda was part of the Japanese force who was assigned in the Philippines during World War II and when the country was taken back by the Americans, Onoda retreated to the jungle. Being alone in the jungle, he learned how to adapt to his environment in order to survive as well as to adapt to his loneliness. After World War II, hunting of Japanese soldiers and officers continued and Onada evaded all of it. He also evaded the Philippine police and its army who tried to capture him. According to Onada, he taught World War II was still on-going back then hence he tried to evade all of his pursuers. The lonely lieutenant was patiently waiting in the jungle for his countrymen to return and announce victory.

In No Surrender, Onada showcased his dedication as a Japanese soldier that when he came out of hiding in 1974, he was deemed a national hero in Japan. He lived on his resourcefulness and he survived with his wit and intelligence intact. So how did he learned that the war is over and finally decided to come out of hiding?

My favorite part of this book

My favorite part in this book were the times when Onoda devise plans to evade his hunters. He was first hunted by the American soldiers then the Filipino soldiers. When World War II was declared over, the Japanese government sent a search party to look for their lost leaders including Onoda and he also evaded them. I love the way he devised his routes and how executed each plan without being detected by his pursuers.

Who should read this?

This book is highly recommended to people who wants to understand Japanese moral and culture especially those that are serving in the military. This book is also for people who has fascination with escapes and war stories. Japanese readers might find it interesting and a source of pride to know about a man named Hiroo Onoda.

Hiroo Onoda

Hiroo Onoda was an intelligence officer of the Japanese military force and was sent to the Philippines during World War II. He was a second lieutenant when he was assigned to the Philippines and was one of the last leaders of the Japanese force to surrender. He surrendered in 1974, 30 years after hiding in the jungle. This is the story of his No Surrender: My Thirty-Year War memoir. He is the founder of the Onoda Nature School which he started upon his return in Japan.

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