Extending from the north, via China, down south to Borneo, and then, moving westwards from Papua New Guinea – via the Philippines – to Bangladesh and India: these images have been selected to show the extent of Japanese expansion prior-to and during WW2.
Between October 1944 and mid-August 1945 – and as a direct result of these new tactics – over 45 ships were sunk and damage inflicted on a further 400. The US navy, alone, had suffered 4850 deaths and 4920 wounded. Based on a US Air Force report: Despite radar detection, airborne interception, attrition, and massive anti-aircraft barrages, 14 percent of Kamikazes survived to score a hit on a ship; nearly 8.5 percent of all ships hit by Kamikazes sank.
Almost 4000 Japanese pilots (Imperial Japanese Navy and Imperial Japanese Army Air Force) had made the ultimate sacrifice in defending their homeland.
Like cherry blossoms
In the spring,
Let us fall
Clean and radiant
The origin of a monument
During the Second World War when every able-bodied men had enlisted in the Japanese war efforts, a small group of young boys fishermen aged 15-16 volunteered their service to help the country by ferrying food supply to Japanese Troops of the Southern fronts.
These courageous boys were from the fishing port of Yaizu which was famous in Japan for it’s plentiful supply of bonito and tuna fishes.
In their tiny 50 tonnes worn out fishing boats the boys began ferrying food supply to the southern battlefronts.
Towards the end of the war when massive counter attacks by the Americans and the British had cause heavy defeats of the Japanese army, the young Yaizu fishermen took up arms to help defend their country.
The youthful hands which had only held fishing nets and had only been used for making KATUOBUSHI now held guns and firearms.
Between 1942-1945, 81 of the Yaizu boy fishermen lost their lives in the call of their patriotic duty.
On behalf of the war bereaved we held this service to honor and pay our deepest respect for those brave boys and to pray for their eternal peace.
This year of 1991.
The Chief Priest Of YAIZU Shrine
Above inscription copied from ceramic plate attached to base of YAIZU Monument, Kuching, Borneo.
Japanese War Cemetery – Kuching, Borneo. My video of this cemetery can be viewed here: Japanese War Cemetery in Kuching
Former location of Plot 1B, where, in January 2012, 11 Japanese soldiers were repatriated home to Japan. Ranks/Names as follows: Private Okamoto, Private Morata Doshu, Private Yamado Kesakti, Private Komatsutomoshige, Private Hachivets Uyoshi, Private Urata Yotaka, Private Ishiwara Hiroja, Private Shotasaburo, Private Ikdmiraisao, Private Kito Zwao, and Lance Corporal Miyata Kotsuo.
CWGC Gauhati War Cemetery, India
LEST WE FORGET