Posts Tagged ‘World War 2’

The Yasukuni Shrine was founded in 1869 on the order of the Japanese Emperor. It is dedicated to all the soldiers, that sacrificed their life for the emperor and the Japanese empire. At the moment there are about 2,5 million Souls (Kami) from men and women enshrined, that died since the Meiji restauration and especially during the World War 2. The Shrine enjoys a special status in Japan and is for example the only place where the Japanese Emperor ever bowed down, in order to show is respect. (more…)

Hiroo Onoda was a Japanese army intelligent officer who continued fighting World War 2 until 1974 because he did not know that Japan had surrendered.

In December 1944 he was sent to Lubang Island in the Philippines in order to group up with already existing Soldiers on the island and to fight a guerilla warfare. One of his main orders stated that under no circumstances could he surrender or take his own life. However after US and Philippine Commonwealth forces had retaken the Island the remaining soldiers grouped up in little guerilla cells and focused on sabotage. Hiroo Onoda was leading a group of 3 other soldiers.

After the end of World War 2 his group could find various left leaves stating: “The war ended on August 15. Come down from the mountains!” but they understood these papers as Allied propaganda and refused to surrender. During the coming years of guerilla warfare the Japanese and Philippine Government send various search parties, left leaves, photos of their families but nothing could persuade the men, that World War 2 was over. After the first 5 years in the Jungle one of the man decided to surrender and another 5 years later another member of the group got killed during one of the many skirmishes with the locals. In 1972, after 27 years of hiding in the Jungle and gathering information about the “enemy” Onoda’s last remaining brother in arms got killed in a fight with a Filipino Control. (more…)