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The Doom Of the Van Imhoff

WWII Docu “The Doom of the Van Imhoff” focusing on a forgotten crime

“The Doom of the Van Imhoff” is a Dutch World War II documentary which focuses on a naval disaster / crime that was kept silent for decades. In 1942 near the coast of Sumatra, the Dutch steamer Van Imhoff, carrying hundreds of German prisoners of war, is bombed by a Japanese plane and sinks. The …

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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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Ohka carried under the belly of a Betty of 721st Naval Air Group (Credits: Wikipedia)

These Japanese bombers attacked targets with rocket-propelled people

Kamikaze attacks — known as “special attacks” by Japan — were an infamous tactic designed to not only destroy American ships but also strike fear in the Allied navies. But two months before the first kamikaze attacks were carried out at the Battle of Leyte Gulf in Oct. 1944, a Japanese transport pilot pitched the …

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Canadian and American soldiers examining abandoned Japanese submarines on Kiska, Aleutian Islands, September 1, 1943. (Credits: Library and Archives Canada)

Battle of Kiska – When Allied Forces lost a battle against ghosts

In the summer of 1943, American and Canadian forces launched an amphibious assault on the north Pacific island of Kiska, in order to seize the last enemy strongholds on U.S. Soil from Japanese forces who managed to capture various U.S. Islands (Kiska and Attu Island) in June 1942. The operation received codename Cottage and would take place on August 15, …

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Brass fittings from a Pattern 37 Haversack found with the remains of an Australian soldier who died in West Timor in February 1942. (Credits: Australian Department of Defence)

Unknown Australian WWII soldier laid to rest in Indonesia

Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert, has led tributes for an Australian soldier, who has been farewelled in Indonesia more than 70 years after giving his life in World War Two. The remains of the unknown soldier were buried with military honours in an Australian Army ceremony at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Ambon, …

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The Japanese “Kill 100 People with Sword” Contest in 1937

It’s one of the lesser known facts of history but did you know that in 1937, two Japanese officers named Toshiaki Mukai and Tsuyoshi Noda held a contest over who was the first to succeed in killing a 100 people with his sword (Magoroku)? Mukai and Noda were both two young second lieutenants in the Katagiri Regiment’s Toyama Battalion and …

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