They were all the enemy, they were to be destroyed, sir.” (141) However, John never intended to kill the innocent. He saw the same soldiers that he fought with for the past few months brutally massacring the villagers that were trying to flee for their lives. This was the climax of the war for John, he would forever be changed by what he saw in My Lai and would take many months in order to get over what happened.
France and Britain could draw men from the colonies while Russia had the largest army at the beginning of the war. Germany itself didn't have superior numbers but its army was far more equipped, well trained and organized more than its contemporaries. More men equaled more prolonged battles. Only the separate peace from Russia and inclusion of America in the war tipped the balance in the favor of the Entante. While the land battles took their toll on the manpower of countries, severely depleting it, the navy was more of a hindrance to enemies.
It wasn’t until the battle for Washington at Bladensburg that they received any serious damage by the Americans. During the battle, the Americans had the advantage of numbers having around 6,000 men while the British Army had around 4,500 (82). The British were outnumbered by the Americans, but the British were also veterans with more experience, while most of the Americans were inexperienced and untrained (84). Another advantage for the British was the ineffectiveness of the American’s defense strategy, which had many weaknesses. The American’s defense was made of three lines that were widely separated, so they could not give each other support, and were easily susceptible to being outmaneuvered by the British (83).
In terms of the USA perspective, they thought we were not doing enough; less body count and different tactics. However from what one can observe from the facts, a logical conclusion would be that Australia in fact were definitely doing enough, and definitely made an impact. This links back to Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War, as ‘the lucky Country’ played a crucially significant role, and the statistical research simply proves the statement is definitely
In the court case, they stated, “the Court nonetheless felt “that in time of war residents having ethnic affiliation with an invading enemy may be greater source of danger than those of a different ancestor.”’ (Rothenberg & Mayhew, 2014, pg. 551). They used the concept of “one bad apple spoils the whole bunch” to deal with the issues that were going on at the time. They disregard any personalities and qualities of every Japanese American. They removed the American and used only the Japanese of the term to “protection against espionage and against sabotage.”
Examples of Japan’s hatred for the Chinese was the Rape of Nanking where Japanese troops killed the Chinese by a mass execution and spared nobody, not even the women and children. Dutch is represented as a shoe because the Dutch were known to make wooden shoes. However, the artist could also intended to critisise that the Dutch were not as powerful as Japan, as displayed by a shoe against the sun. Before the war, Japan wanted to be seen as equal with the Westerners in terms of power however they decided that they wanted to be superior to them and thus initialised war and invaded many countries. This too could be another reason for war and message of the
In order for them to support the war, the government used propaganda to evoke feelings of nationalism. While the United States joined the war as an opportunity to get revenge on Japan, propaganda was often censored to guarantee that Americans only saw the damage Japanese soldiers had done to Americans. To insure that Americans would not be put off and maintain the desire for war, images of dead Americans were prevented from being published to the public. (“Supporting Evidence”). Government officials knew that citizens were unable to withstand the gruesome photos taken of the realities of the war.
If a Japanese colonel was displeased with one of his majors, it would not be unusual for the colonel to strike the offending major a blow across the face to reinforce his reprimand. “Some Japanese soldiers admitted it was easy for them to kill because they had been taught that next to the emperor, all individual life even their own was valueless.” The culture of brutality & killing in the name of the emperor was expected out of all the soldiers, including their Korean and Taiwanese recruits. To an extent that these recruits would usually be given the worst beatings. Their this anger would be taken out on prisoners of war and
Their religion was a system of honor, in which they had to promise to live and die for the service of their lords. There was no room for hesitation or else they would no longer be deemed as a true Bushi. If any lack of courage, dishonor, or defeat was shown, this behavior reflected poorly on their lord and was enough of a reason for the Bushi to commit compulsory suicide by ritual disembowelment, which meant having to stab themselves with their sword and removing their organs in respect for their lords. This act is known as Sepukku. In return for their bravery and sacrifice, the lords would then provide stability in their finances and social status (Feudal Japan).
They hate the Japanese even more, but they are still wrong for hating the wrong people. Their Japanese neighbors are not Japanese nationalist, they are American just as the rest of them are. Kabuo did justified and defended himself that he is American just as Carl. He remarked that Carl looked like one of those
Japan was planning on surrender, before the bomb was dropped. One reason was, Japan was getting ready to negotiate a peace settlement, yet Truman still decided to drop the bomb. The U.S. saw they were going to surrender (they knew). The U.S. was able to set up spying devices, and were able to hear some of the plans Japan was negotiating.
The fear of an invasion went in the minds of Americans. This was an idea that was thought by many military authorities. So they had a right to send the Japanese to the internment camps. ”Military authorities feared an invasion of our West Coast and… because they decided that the military urgency of the situation demanded that all citizens of Japanese ancestry be segregated from the West Coast temporarily(Black,1944). “There is no Japanese ‘problem’ on the Coast.
In 1945, Emperor Shōwa Hirohito was the Emperor of Japan, and he was faced with a decision to decide his country's survival. The Japanese were losing to the Allies who were inching closer to Japan everyday. Then the United States dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, killing thousands of people. The big six leaders in Japan assessed the situation and still refused to surrender. The three politicians wanted to surrender, but the three military leaders wouldn’t accept.
The Pacific war during World War II was the battle fought in the Pacific and East Asia, which resulted in approximately 26,000,000 casualties. A major battle of the Pacific war was the Kokoda track campaign. Kokoda consisted of a series of battles fought between July and November 1942 between the Japanese army and the Allied forces including the Australians and Americans. The battles were fought on the mountainous Kokoda track along the Owen Stanley Range which is in the southeast of Papua New Guinea. The Japanese troops objective in the Kokoda campaign was the capture of Port Moresby to enable an expansion of Japanese people to Australia .
The Siege of Tobruk and The Kokoda trail campaign were all part of WWII evolving Australia. However both wars were very significant to Australia seeing that countless Australian blood and soul’s were lost in the war. The Siege of Tobruk and The Kokoda Trail Campaign were both fought at different periods. The siege of Tobruk was fought during (April 10, 1941 – November 27, 1941) within Tobruk Port City Located on Libya's eastern Mediterranean. Whereas The Kokoda trail campaign was fought during (July 1942 – November 1942) and unlike the siege of Tobruk which was fought at a particular place the Kokoda battle was on a track that was made by Australian soldiers.