Captured Japanese soldiers during invasion of Philippines

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Captured Japanese soldiers during invasion of Philippines

Post by Coins4Cheese » 19 Jan 2011 11:23

I once heard that there were a few captured Japanese servicemen during the Japanese invasion of the Philippines. Is this true, and if so what ever became of them?

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Re: Captured Japanese soldiers during invasion of Philippine

Post by Sewer King » 19 Jan 2011 16:25

Adapted from another thread, which was too long for just a link to it:
Peter H wrote:Seven Japanese captured at Bataan, early 1942.
(from Eddy Bauer's World War II.)
Sewer King wrote:
Sewer King wrote:I have wondered what happened to [these] Japanese prisoners who were taken by the Phil-Am defenders falling back to Bataan. I can't imagine what happened to them by the time their compatriots took possession of the islands in Apr 42.
One answer to this question was in Straus' book The Anguish of Surrender, cited earlier here and in other threads. From page 45:
During the first year of the war there was only a trickle of Japanese prisoners. Japan was still on the offensive, an uncommon time for prisoners to be lost to the enemy. One notable exception occurred during the Battle of Bataan in early 1942. Most of the members of three battalions of a Japanese regiment that landed on the peninsula's west coast were killed, but almost fifty soldiers were captured when incapacitated. Soon thereafter, they were liberated by the victorious Japanese. The officers of this misadventure were required to commit suicide, and the enlisted men were scattered and assigned to the most hazardous duties available in their new units.
Unfortunately, Straus didn't give a reference for this particular incident in his excellent book. It would have to have come from Japanese sources. But it seems to me that the shame attached to this matter would have kept it out of official records -- both in the flush of victory in the Philippines, and the pique in Tokyo over the delay in achieving it.

This has the same grim deliberation as mentioned in another thread below. Here a Japanese bomber's aircrew was liberated as PoWs by their own forces, only to be sent back to the front line with the order:

"Do not return."

This begs the possibility of other unfortunate Japanese soldiers who may have died out of obligation as much as combat, if not more so. Its report from two different places thinly suggests that the same "solution" to such an embarrassment would have been worked out elsewhere in the Imperial forces.
-- Alan

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Re: Captured Japanese soldiers during invasion of Philippine

Post by Peter H » 20 Jan 2011 00:56

Would have been this action.

Battle of the Points

From: ... the_Points
In an attempt to outflank I Corps and isolate the Service Command Area commanded by USAFFE Deputy Commander Brig. Gen. Allan C. McBride, Japanese troops of the 2nd Battalion, 20th Infantry, 16th Division, were landed on the west coast of southern Bataan on the night of January 22. Intercepted by U.S. PT boat PT-34, two barges were sunk and the rest scattered into two groups, neither of which landed on the objective beach. The Japanese forces were contained on their beachheads by members of Philippine Constabulary units, a hastily organized naval infantry battalion, and by personnel of several U.S. Army Air Corps pursuit squadrons fighting as infantry.

The naval infantry consisted of 150 ground crewmen from Patrol Wing Ten, 80 sailors from the Cavite Naval Ammunition Depot, and 130 sailors from USS Canopus (AS-9) with 120 sailors from the base facilities at Cavite, Olongapo, and Mariveles, and 120 Marines from an antiaircraft battery. Sailors used Canopus machine shop to fabricate makeshift mountings for machine guns salvaged from Patrol Wing Ten's damaged aircraft. The Marines were distributed through the ranks and the sailors were told to "watch them and do as they do." The sailors attempted to make their white uniforms more suitable for jungle combat by dying them with coffee grounds. The result was closer to yellow than khaki, and the diary of a dead Japanese officer described them as a suicide squad dressed in brightly colored uniforms and talking loudly in an attempt to draw our fire and reveal our positions.[2]

Japanese commanders, in an attempt to hold onto their lodgments, reinforced the beachheads piecemeal but could not break out. Battles were fought ferociously against a company-sized group at the Lapay-Longoskawayan points from 23 to 29 January, at the Quinawan-Aglaloma points from January 22 to February 8, and at the Silalim-Anyasan points from January 27 to February 13. Out of the 2,000 Japanese troops committed to these battles, only 43 wounded returned to their lines. These engagements were collectively termed the "Battle of the Points".
Map here: ... points.htm

Japanese losses overall were 2000?

More Bataan captives,from Victory:The Epic of WW2, A.K.Macdougall.
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