Japan

REVIEW: Images of War – Japan Triumphant: The Far East Campaign 1941-1942

The Japanese armed forces of 1941 and 1942 were a devastating, nearly unstoppable assault force in the Pacific and Asian Theaters of War. During a six-month period between December 1941 and May 1942 the Japanese Imperial Army, Navy, and Air Force conquered most of South-East Asia and much of the Pacific. These coordinated campaigns resulted …

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Portrait of Edward Teddy Sheean

The Extraordinary Valor of Ordinary Seaman Teddy Sheean

Edward “Teddy” Sheean held the rank of ordinary seaman on December 1, 1942 when his ship came under Japanese fire. There was, however, nothing ordinary about the youth who, after being struck by bullets in the back and chest, strapped himself to a 20 mm cannon so that he could keep firing at the enemy …

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Death of a Tank - Okinawa

The Death of a Sherman Tank and her crew on Okinawa, 1945

This sad footage shows an USMC M4A3 Sherman Tank of the 6th Tank Battalion burning after hitting a heavy Japanese IED – typically an aircraft bomb or artillery shell in conjunction with an anti-tank mine – on Okinawa, Japan in 1945. Nearby soldiers who got wounded by the explosion are carried away from the battlefield. …

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REVIEW: My Way (2011) – Immense Action World War II Movie

My Way (2011), a South Korean World War II movie,  and apparently being one of the most expensive Korean films ever made with a budget of ₩28 billion (US$24 million), is loosely based on the story of Yang Kyoungjong. Yang Kyoungjong was a Korean soldier, who fought with the Imperial Japanese Army, the Soviet Red Army, and eventually the German Wehrmacht (in …

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Japanese soldier who surrendered after 29 years

Hiroo Onada: Japanese soldier who surrendered after 29 years

When the Japanese surrendered during WWII, one unknowing soldier spent 29 years staying true to his word until someone finally dragged him out of the jungle. Japan’s involvement in WWII came to a halt shortly after atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But while peace treaties may have been signed, bringing back their soldiers was quite a challenge – …

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Japanese boys at an internment camp in the United States during World War II.

The Sorry History of Japanese Concentration Camps in America

In February 1942, President Roosevelt ordered the incarceration of 110,000 Japanese–Americans living in California, Oregon and Washington. These people were either native born U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, and the majority were not old enough to vote. Nevertheless, Roosevelt determined they represented a security threat and ordered them to be relocated to ten camps …

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Nagasaki, After the bomb dropped

The Mythology Surrounding Truman’s Decision to Use Atomic Weapons

Was dropping two atomic bombs on Japan a military necessity, or a political move designed to intimidate the U.S.S.R? This question has been asked since the end of the war, with the official government narrative being that the bombs spared what would have been an extremely bloody ground invasion. This helps maintain the notion that …

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TRAILER: Unsurrendered 2 – The Forgotten Filipino Guerrillas

Trailer for the World War II Documentary “Unsurrendered 2: The Hunters ROTC Guerrillas” by the Film Production Company Spyron-AV Manila. This documentary will tell you the story of the far forgotten Filipino Guerrillas that fought against the Japanese during WWII. SYNOPSIS “When WWII broke out in the Philippines, the youth were not asked to fight in the …

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