Wow. A life lived.I knew one of my uncles as a quiet, pleasant, church every Sunday, school Headmaster.
When WW2 started he was in the Indian Army, Jat Regt but later volunteered for Force 136, an SOE organised, British Officered, bunch of Malays whose job was to attack Jap occupiers wherever, whenever.
He rarely spoke about the war, the only account he told me was about climbing a hill with a radio operator and calling down mortar fire on a Jap camp.
He took a bit of leave at one stage and went to see his wife in India. Somehow got hold of a Harley Davidson and rode up Burma on a very long journey. Somewhere around Cox's Bazaar he was attacked by robbers and had to shoot them with his Thompson.
End of the war he took surrender of two Jap units, one of my earliest memories being the 2 impressive swords above the fireplace. He had the strange experience of having to rearm Jap units to act as Police only a few days after their surrender.
A bit later he joined the Dorsets, got posted to HK. The Korean war had started and soon there was a Chinese surge.
He was ordered to take his company ( less NS soldiers !) over and wound up fighting alongside the Gloucesters.
I believe in later years his Christian faith was what got him through the memories, he certainly rarely spoke about it.
Before he died, he sent one of the swords back to the family of the officer who had surrendered it.
AWM director Dr Brendan Nelson tells the BBC: "We don't deny or downplay these allegations; indeed, it's known rape and sexual assault are used as weapons in war. Nevertheless, as the sole survivor the incident, Lt Col Bullwinkel, passed away nearly 20 years ago, we do not, nor can ever categorically know what took place."
EU re-write of WW2 history, next part awaited.No, no, no....
The modern accepted PC narrative is that the Japanese were peacefully minding there own business (well apart from the invasion of China, rape of Nanking, and so non) and then the war mongers in Washington and London started a war for no reason, and dropped the Atomic Bomb on a peaceful innocent country.
No - f*** them!
No, just culturally, religiously and appearance-wise different: easier to categorise as 'the other', so therefore less like us, while a German (stand aside the Lederhosen and dodgy facial hair) looks, and in many situations acts, more like us. That is not meant in any way as a criticism of those who held (or still hold) those beliefs against the Japanese; just the way we seem to be wired.Were they really that much worse than the Nazis?
No action was ever taken against Japanese post WW2, due to confused situation at the time there was problem to identify Jap Unit involved and assumption that most of the perps had been killed in later fighting. However, in view of this allegation perhaps the post war investigation should be looked at? was the opportunity to prosecute swept under the carpet?
They still are , try working in the city for the wee scroatesNobody of that generation who had any experience of the Japanese would be surprised by this. It was part and parcel of their horrific code of conduct towards all non-Japanese. My father rarely spoke of his war service in India and Burma but assured me that the Japanese were vermin - and he would, probably, hold that view today if still around.
I would say that one of the reasons is that the Japanese have never really acknowledged the many atrocities and the cruelty in which they were involved. Although they have assiduously turne their backs on militarism, this period of their history has been all but whitewashed from their history books. The generations of younger Japanese who have followed the wartime generation are almost entirely unaware of this period of their country's history.It’s interesting how a lot of WW2 veterans have absolute lifelong hatred for the Japanese but managed to quickly reconcile with the Germans.
My Gran was the same. She was also involved in de-mobing Japanese POW's. She described them as being broken men who would cringe and cower when anyone shouted.My Grandfather would not allow Rice or any Japanese product in the house.
He hated them to the day he died.