Japanese atrocities

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  1. spidge

    spidge Active Member

    Credit for this article is to ww2pacific.com.
    Full details are available at http://www.ww2pacific.com/atrocity.html
    The site is well worth the visit.


    Also see my signature below regarding my avatar.

    Nanking, China. Over 200,000 Chinese men used for bayonet practice, machine gunned, or set on fire. Thousands more were murdered. 20,000 women and girls were raped, killed or mutilated. The massacre of a quarter million people was an intentional policy to force China to make peace. It did not happen. World opinion, which until this time had accepted modern Japan's desire to oversee backward China, was repelled in horror.

    New officers were indoctrinated to the expectations of war by beheading Chinese captives. The last stage of the training of combat troops was to bayonet a living human and a trial of courage for the officers. Prisoners were blindfolded and tied to poles; soldiers dashed forward to bayonet their target at the shout of "Charge!"

    Combat medical units moved to China where live bodies were plentiful. If the class was in sutures, a Chinaman was shot in the belly for doctors to practice. Amputations? - then arms were removed. Living people was more instructive than work on cadavers, (a dead body to e dissected) the students need to get used to blood and screaming.

    Bacterial warfare experiments conducted by an infamous medical unit moved to Manchuria. Bombs of anthrax and plague were tested on Chinese cities until the results were so good that too many Japanese soldiers also died. This unit also practiced vivisection. See more details of unit 731, along with web citations for those with the stomach.

    Korean Comfort Women "forced by the Imperial Japanese Army to repeatedly provide sex for Japanese soldiers throughout Asia are said to number between 80,000 and 200,000. Many of the victims were underage at the time, and either died in despair or suffered health impairments. These women, who suffer from mental and physical pain, not to mention social isolation and prejudice, are now seeking an official apology from the Japanese government and individual compensation as a measure to rehabilitate their honour." - Aug 2002

    Malaya. Japanese troops decapitated 200 wounded Australians and Indians left behind when Australian troops withdrew through the jungle from Muar.
    Singapore. Japanese soldiers bayonet 300 patients and staff of Alexandra military hospital 9 Feb 1942. British women had their hands behind their backs and repeatedly raped. All Chinese residents were interviewed and 5,000 selected for execution.

    Wake Island. A construction crew of 1,200 mostly Idaho youths, captured when Wake Island fell, were shipped to Japanese prison camps. Five were beheaded to encourage good behaviour on the trip. The Japanese decided to keep 100 of the civilian contractors on the island to complete the airbase, which became functional in 1943. When US Navy planes attacked the island, the Japanese commander executed the civilians.

    Dutch East Indies.
    Those Dutch accused of resisting Japan or participating in the destruction of the oil refineries had arms or legs chopped off. 20,000 men were forced into the ocean and machine gunned. 20,000 women and children were repeatedly raped, then many were killed.

    Dutch Borneo. The entire white population of Balikpapan was executed.
    Java. The entire white male population of Tjepu was executed. Women were raped.
    Survivors of USS Edsall (DD-219) are beheaded.

    Philippines. Any soldier captured before the surrender was executed.
    The Bataan Death March -- 7,000 surrendered men died. Those that could not keep up the pace were clubbed, stabbed, shot, beheaded or buried alive.
    Once the prison camp had been reached, disease, malnutrition and brutality claimed up to 400 American and Filipinos – EACH DAY.

    Thailand. 15,000 military prisoners and 75,000 native labourers died building a railroad between Bangkok and Rangoon. Bridge Over the River Kwai.
    Doolittle Raid, Japan. Three of eight US airmen captured were executed.
    Doolittle Raid, China. 25,000 Chinese in villages through which the US flyers escaped were slaughtered in a three month reign of terror.

    Midway. Japanese destroyers rescued three U.S. naval aviators; after interrogation, all three were murdered.

    Attu. Japanese troops overran the medical aid station; after killing the doctors, they bayoneted the wounded.

    Makin Atoll (Kiribati). Nine of Carlson's Marine raiders were left behind, hid for two weeks and surrendered. They were beheaded a few weeks later when a ship was not available to take them to a prisoner of war camp.

    USS Sculpin. Forty-two of submarine Sculpin's crew were picked up by Yamagumo. One, severely wounded, was thrown overbroad. Survivors were forced to work in the copper mines at Ashio until released at the end of the war.

    Indian Ocean.
    Capt Ariizumi, ComSubRon One, commanded submarine I-8 in the Indian Ocean. On March 26th, 1944, he collected from the water and massacred 98 unarmed survivors of the Dutch merchantman Tjisalak he'd sunk south of Colombo. He repeated this performance with 96 prisoners from the American Jean Nicolet in the Maldives on July 2nd. He destroyed the lifeboats and dived, leaving 35 bound survivors on deck. 23 managed to untie their bonds and swim all night to be rescued by the Royal Indian Navy. Capt Ariizumi committed hara-kiri while his squadron was being escorted to Yokosuka by the U.S. Navy.

    I-26 is also known to have rammed merchant lifeboats from Richard Hovey and machine-gunned those in the water.

    3Aug45. Japanese hospital ship Tachibana searched by Charrette (DD-581) when observed throwing weighted bags overboard. Found thirty (30) tons of ammunition, mortars, and machine guns in Red Cross boxes along with 1,500 soldiers released from hospital on Kai bound for Soerabaja.

    Japan. Eight US airmen were used for medical dissection at Kyushu Imperial University with organs removed while the prisoners were still alive.

    Bushi, the way of the soldier, was the creed of the Japanese in the Pacific War. It was not that long ago. The story of atrocities created under a pagan code is suppressed today in the interests of good will with a business partner. Less we forget. Civilization in only a veneer over other instincts of mankind.

    History tells mass murder comes in many names, of Attila, Genghis Khan, and Tamerlane. Hundreds of Indians and settlers were slaughtered like buffalo. Within the living lifetime: Stalin purged twenty-some millions of his own people. Mao may have topped him during 1949-76. Nazi gave final solution to five or six millions. Kurds have lost millions. The Chamer Rouge killed 1.6 million. Less we forget. Hope for peace, but be prepared to resist savagery.
  2. spidge

    spidge Active Member

    Japanese Atrocities (More)

    Continued from previous post!

    One Act of Compasion :
    While the Japanse were destroying the US forces in the Philippines, a pilot dropped a message saying they intended to destroy the facility next to the base hospital and that we should we move the patients. We did. They did.
    Additional reading. The Knights of Bushido: the Shocking History of Japanese War Atrocities
    by Lord Edward Fredrick Russell, Dutton, 1958. Companion volume to his The Scourge of The Swastika.
    Some items from the book.
    • Jan 1942. Dutch naval POWs taken to the spot where their ship had fired on a Japanese destroyer, decapitated and thrown into the sea.
    • 16Feb42. British evacuees from Singapore on the island of Bauka surrendered to a Japanese detail. The 26 soldiers were executed, the 22 Army nurses were marched into the sea and machine gunned, the twelve stretcher cases were bayoneted. -- Story told by the surviving nurse, who, though shot, was washed ashore. (Vivian Bullwinkle)
    March 1942. Kota Radja, Indonesia. Dutch prisoners put on a barge, towed out to sea, shot and thrown overboard.
    7 Oct 43. Wake Island. On the order of RAdm Sakibara, 96 prisoners were blindfolded, hands tied behind their backs and massacred.
    Oct 1944. New Guinea. A battalion commander confessed after the war, "I asked if I could get an American POW and kill him." Two were delivered, blindfolded, stabbed with a bayonet and decapitated with shovels.
    • 12 Nov 44. New Britain. US fighter pilot made a forced landing. Beheaded, flesh cut form his body, cut into small pieces, fried and served to a large group of officers.
    14 Dec 44. Palawan, Philippines. About 100 army and 50 marines had been warned if the US invades, they would be killed. When American planes attacked, Lt. Sato led 50 soldiers to pour buckets of gasoline on the entrances to shelters and ignite it. As the men came out they were bayoneted, shot or clubbed. -- Told by one of five survivors who escaped through a fence, shedding his burning clothes. Last Man Out.
    12 Nov 45. Guam. The flesh of LTjg H___, aviator, was served to an infantry battalion. [The Japanese order for this communion-like sacrifice was captured.]
    Russell concentrates on events sanctioned by higher authorities as documented by War Crimes Trial, whereas I have extracted events from readings. Although many leaders practised human treatment, the norm was total indifference, and bestial behaviour was a totally accepted.

    Use of Allied prisoners of war for slave labour by Japanese companies is discussed in: "Unjust Enrichment" by Linda Goetz Holmes, 2001.

    Her 1994 book, "4000 Bowls of Rice: A Prisoner of War Comes Home", is about Allied prisoners of the Japanese who built the Burma Railway.

    "Last Man Out: Glenn McDole, USMC, Survivor of the Palawan Massacre in World War II" by Bob Wilbanks.
  3. Kyt

    Kyt Άρης

    The story of Vivian Bullwinkle is remarkable:


    As is the stories of many brave women during the war, some of whom tell their stories at this site:

  4. morse1001

    morse1001 Guest

    The book Unit 731 gives a good description of the activites of the chemical and biological warfare carrried out by the Japanese in WW2.

    I do not have any further details as I am doing this from work
  5. spidge

    spidge Active Member

  6. sniper

    sniper Active Member

    Another good book is 'Surviving the Sword' which may interest you Spidge. Written by Brian MacArthur and draws on diaries which the POW'S kept hidden from their captors, even by burying them in graves of lost comrades.
  7. Kohima

    Kohima Guest

  8. spidge

    spidge Active Member

    A great source Simon. I use it often.
  9. liverpool annie

    liverpool annie New Member

    May 5th 1945 a B-29 crashed in Taketa, Oita. Six of the airmen captured from that plane were dissected alive at a university lab in Fukuoka in the days following that crash

    Although I am fascinated and appalled and repelled at what happened in Fukuoka ...... and although the story was a hard one to read ... I know that I had to read it !!

    Fukuoka POW Camp #1 - Page 5

    On May 5, 1945, an American B-29 bomber was flying with a dozen other aircraft after bombing Tachiarai Air Base in southwestern Japan and beginning the return flight to the island fortress of Guam.

    Kinzou Kasuya, a 19-year-old Japanese pilot flying one of the Japanese fighters in pursuit of the Americans, rammed his aircraft into the fuselage of the B-29, destroying both planes.

    No one knows for certain how many Americans were in the B-29; its crew had been hastily assembled on Guam.

    But villagers in Japan who witnessed the collision in the air saw about a dozen parachutes blossom.

    One of the Americans died when the cords of his parachute were severed by another Japanese plane. A second was alive when he reached the ground. He shot all but his last bullet at the villagers coming toward him, then used the last on himself.

    Two others were quickly stabbed or shot to death, according to Toshio Kai, a high school teacher who has spent years following up the leads in Dr. Tono's book.

    At least nine were taken into custody.

    B-29 crews were despised for the grim results of their raids. So some of the captives were beaten.

    The local authorities assumed that the most knowledgeable was the captain, Marvin S. Watkins. He was sent to Tokyo for interrogation, where he would be tortured but would nonetheless survive the war.
  10. war hawk

    war hawk New Member

    The Japanese murder poor victims

    I"ve read about a few of these atrocities but not all of them. I am just so mad at the Japs for doing all these things it is just so sick.:mad2: But that is history They are not our enemies anymore.:clapping:
  11. Antipodean Andy

    Antipodean Andy New Member

    My lord, that's the worst I've read for some time.
  12. Hugh

    Hugh New Member

    You and me both, Andy.

    The inhumanity of the Japs during this time was unbelievable. It’s no wonder many veterans cannot forgive; who can blame any of them.

    Worrying also is the fact that, as has been posted recently, some senior military officers still think they did nothing wrong.

    I find it so hard to understand why the likes of MacArthur, knowing full well the abominable crimes that were committed by these people, was instrumental in letting many of them off the hook.

  13. Antipodean Andy

    Antipodean Andy New Member

    At risk of oversimplifying things, Hugh, an ally against the communist hordes?
  14. CTNana

    CTNana Active Member

    It doesn't get any easier no matter how many times I read it.

    Whilst I try to see the bigger picture, I still think it disgraceful that we (humanity) allowed any war crimes to go unpunished.

    Perhaps their latterday counterparts would have thought twice before going on killing sprees if the world had unitedly acted against these evil men (oh and in some cases women).
  15. spidge

    spidge Active Member

    I like my story on the Australian military telling MacArthur to Get Stu**ed! They got their Japanese murderer and hung him. MacArthur was said to be furious.

    This is what I call justice:

  16. war hawk

    war hawk New Member

    They are so hard to explain, they did things that is like how could anyone do that.:noidea:. I am quite upset with the Jap army in the 1940s, for what they did to other human beings.
  17. Hugh

    Hugh New Member

    Good on the Aussies for remembering what happened to their own and to give him what he deserved. Considering what his kind did to prisoners and civillians he got off quite lightly. Pity that the UK and US where playing politics - they were looking to the future, as Andy has inferred, but they should have sorted out the past first.

  18. Antipodean Andy

    Antipodean Andy New Member

    I totally agree, Hugh.

    It would seem we didn't take MacArthur that seriously at times!
  19. Antipodean Andy

    Antipodean Andy New Member

    Details of a possible mass grave in Tokyo.

  20. Kyt

    Kyt Άρης

    From the same site that Andy posted I found a reference to this book:

    Hidden Horrors: Japanese War Crimes in World War II (Transitions: Asia & Asian America): John W. Dower, Toshiyuki Tanaka: Amazon.co.uk: Books

    The fact that it is written from a Japanese perspective should be very interesting


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