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Re: Post your WW2 Pacific & Asian War photos

Post by Peter H » 30 Apr 2009 13:12

From Time-Life.

Cache of swords,Japan,October 1945.


Most likely some were kept as souvenirs:

http://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?t=441/
War Department Cirs No. 155 and 267 (1945) authorized the issue of souvenirs to military and naval personnel who served in the SWPA during WWII. On the basis of these circulars, each officer and enlisted man received one of the following articles: rifle, carbine, saber, bayonet, pistol, or pair of binoculars. Responsibility for the collection of these items rested with corps commanders, who issued instructions for their distribution to field units under their respective commands. The War Trophy Depot, located in Yokohama, issued trophies to officers and men who were on orders to return to the US. A central issuing agency for fleet units within the Eighth Army area was established at Yokosuka Naval Base for distribution to naval personnel at sea"

An extract from "GHQ Supreme Commander Allied Forces (SCAP), Progress of Demob of the Japanese Armed Forces, dated 21 July 1948", listed the following:

Rifles & Carbines: Quantity captured & surrendered: 2,468,665. Disposed of Trophy, Museum, Technical use: 1,226,146.
Destroyed: 1,242,519. Returned to Japanese: None.

Bayonets: Quantity captured & surrendered: 1,568,254. Disposed of Trophy, Museum, Technical use: 713,832.
Destroyed: 854,422. Returned to Japanese: None.

Pistols & Revolvers: Quantity captured & surrendered: 81,061. Disposed of Trophy, Museum, Technical use: 62,760.
Destroyed: 9,559. Returned to Japanese: 8,742 (for use of civil police).

Swords & Sabers: Quantity captured & surrendered: 661,621. Disposed of Trophy, Museum, Technical use: 372,609.
Destroyed: 289,012. Returned to Japanese: None.

Automatic Weapons: Quantity captured & surrendered: 186,680. Disposed of Trophy, Museum, Technical use: 3,203.
Destroyed: 183,377. Returned to Japanese: None.

Since this report does not contain the raw data, I suspect that these numbers do not include battlefield pick-ups earlier in the war. However, given that a lot of the report touched on the demob of Japanese units overseas (and bringing them back to Japan, Customs Inspections, etc.) is may include numbers from other than the home islands, I do not know.

The books can be found online at:

http://www.army.mil/cmh/books/wwii/M...MacArthurR.htm
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Re: Post your WW2 Pacific & Asian War photos

Post by Peter H » 04 May 2009 12:56

This photo caused a scandal in Australia in 1945.

As outlined in Shaune Lakin's Contact its photographer "Fitzpatrick was suspended,parliament held an enquiry,and the credibility of DOI[Department of Information]work was thrown into question".

From the AWM,018308.

James Fitzpatrick took this photo on the 31st March 1945 at But in New Guinea.It was said to show a soldier "Private Jack Redd" entering the village.A later investgation showed it was a "fake" photo behind the lines of the war correspondent John Scarlett.Scarlett was very critical of the Army limiting access to the frontlines by the press and staged this photo to compensate.What caused the uproar when it was initially released was the American equipment shown,hinting at an Australian army ill-equipped for war.The press criticism later lead to the involvement of Blamey and the Parliament in countering this claim.The story of the staged photo then came to light.Scarlett was wearing the equipment of an American journalist colleague.
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Post by Peter H » 04 May 2009 13:01

From Time-Life.

Australians getting ready to land off Lae.
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Post by Peter H » 09 May 2009 12:17

From Time-Life.

Safety drill aboard USS Missouri 1944.
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Re: Post your WW2 Pacific & Asian War photos

Post by Dan W. » 17 May 2009 15:45

These are from the U.S. Naval Academy museum in Annapolis:

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Post by Peter H » 19 May 2009 11:25

Thanks Dan.

From Harlan Glenn's United States Marine Corps Uniforms, Insignia and Personal Items of World War II.

24th Marines group photo on Iwo Jima.Said to have been taken on the 19th February 1945,the first day of the landing.

One in two of these men were killed or wounded at Iwo Jima.The 3,000 man Regiment lost 1705 Marines there(652 killed,1053 wounded),a 57% casualty rate.
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Re: Post your WW2 Pacific & Asian War photos

Post by Peter H » 29 May 2009 00:47

From http://www.history.navy.mil

Shot down Betty bomber Guadalcanal
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Post by Peter H » 29 May 2009 00:48

Off Guadalcanal August 1942
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Re: Post your WW2 Pacific & Asian War photos

Post by Peter H » 16 Jun 2009 10:47

From Jerry Scutts' War in the Pacific.

Airfield defense--Myitkyina airfield,Burma 1944.
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Post by Peter H » 16 Jun 2009 10:53

Hyuga hit at Kure,1945.
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Re: Post your WW2 Pacific & Asian War photos

Post by Peter H » 16 Jun 2009 10:59

Jerry Scutts:
One difficulty in island bombardment was that shells occasionally went right over the target to hazard ships off the opposite shore.During the Iwo Jima operation one shell,probably fired by units off the western side of the island,narrowly missed the cruiser Vicksburg..
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Re: Post your WW2 Pacific & Asian War photos

Post by Peter H » 17 Jun 2009 05:16

From The Pacific War,Andrew Wiest & Gregory Mattson.

Soldiers of US 41st Division,Aitape 1944.
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Re: Post your WW2 Pacific & Asian War photos

Post by Peter H » 17 Jun 2009 05:26

Aitape again.

US Nisei question japanese prisoner.
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Re: Post your WW2 Pacific & Asian War photos

Post by Peter H » 17 Jun 2009 05:31

Lae 1943:
...bulldozers crushed all in their path and made the way clear for artillery to be brought forward...
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Re: Post your WW2 Pacific & Asian War photos

Post by Peter H » 17 Jun 2009 05:37

Manila 1945.A lot of BARs in use.
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