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Sikh POWs used as target practice by Japanese soldiers, 1942

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Blindfolded Indian prisoners of war, part of the Sikh Regiment of the British Indian Army, are used as target practice by Japanese troops. British troops discovered these photographs among Japanese records when they entered Singapore in 1945. Each prisoner has a target across his heart and is holding a plaque …

Japanese Kawanishi Flying Boat shot down by US bomber, 1944

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A Japanese Kawanishi H8K2 “Emily” Flying Boat shot down by a PB4Y-1 heavy bomber (consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft used by the US Navy) on July 2nd, 1944, in the Central Pacific. The Japanese Kawanishi H8K (and the improved H8K2) was a large four engined aircraft designed to land and operate …

World War Two Kaiten torpedoes on top of a Japanese submarine

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Kaiten manned torpedoes, stacked on top of a departing Japanese submarine sometime during World War Two (likely 1944-1945). The Kaiten were fast manned torpedoes used by the Imperial Japanese Navy in the later stages of WWII, and intended to be piloted straight into their target in suicide / kamikaze missions. …

Japanese infantrymen charging during the Second Sino-Japanese War

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Japanese infantrymen preceded by an artillery barrage, advancing over defensive lines in China, Peking sector, on August 19th, 1937, during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The Second Sino-Japanese War started in the Summer of 1937, predating the official start of WWII by two years (but being very much a part of …

Japanese POW captured in the Battle of Okinawa, June 1945

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Dejected Japanese prisoner of war sits with his fellow apprehended soldiers behind barbed wire in US captivity. Okinawa, June 1945. Around 307 Japanese soldiers were captured within the last 24 hours of the famous Battle for Okinawa by the US Sixth Marine Division. Book suggestions ⤵️ 📖 The Battle of …

US Soldiers watching a shattered Japanese Kawanishi H8K Seaplane, 1944

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A shattered Japanese Kawanishi H8K seaplane is watched by US soldiers after strafing (attacking ground targets with automatic weapons), likely on the Kwajalein Atoll of the Marshall Islands in early 1944. The Battle of Kwajalein, fought between January 31st and February 3rd 1944, saw the United States defeat a small …