I saw some of Clint's film about Iwo Jima last night.I got around to thinking about the dead bodies and kit that was destroyed and left on the beach.Who collected the bodies? did the locals take away the armour for scrap?
Iwo jima became a Japanese defence force base after the war and the local population was not allowed to return, the Japanese dead were bulldosed into shell holes and a runway constructed over them. The dead in the underground bunkers were left and the bunkers sealed, but in recent years these have been opened up and the bodies cremated and the ashes returned to the familys, in the book there is a whole chapter about "Walking on the dead", and there are still 13000 missing including General Kuribayshi
I caught a bit of it before I hauled my old ass off to bed. It was the bit where they are blowing themselves up with grenades because they were told to stay till they were dead. Talk about following orders to the letter,
Not killed in combat? Then hug a grenade. Crazy sh*t.