Japanese man who battled ww2 for 30 years dies
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Hiroo Onoda was a man in the Japanese army starting in 1944. He was left on an island with 3 other men and told to hold out no matter what. He was told they would be back to get him and his men but they never came back. Onoda lived in the jungle on a small island in the Philippines for almost 30 years. One of his comrades walked away and gave up in the 50s and the others were shot in battles with the police. Onoda and his men killed around 30 people even thou the war was over they were still fighting it. They thought all attempts to contact them were lies. It was not until the 70s that a Japanese college drop out found him and told him that japan lost. The college kid got his commanding officer to come from japan to the Philippines and then he finally gave up

He is famous for his book called no surrender but even he surrenders to age.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/hiroo-onoda-japan-s-last-straggling-wwii-soldier-dies-1.2500510
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Sad he died, but wow! That mans story sounds just so interesting. Might actually buy that book.
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Amazing what propaganda and religious indoctrination can do.

The Pre-WW2 Japanese government was technically at least partially a theocracy. The emperor was believed to be a direct descendant of Amaterasu.
This is the same thinking and indoctrination that had post-surrender mothers tossing their infants over cliffs because they were told that American soldiers were cannibals.

I can understand that some would think that this was some kind of honor. Personally I see it as a religious extremist hiding in the woods killing people.

Let us remember what this kind of thinking leads to. No more theocracies.
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Kaldar5 wrote:

Amazing what propaganda and religious indoctrination can do.

The Pre-WW2 Japanese government was technically at least partially a theocracy. The emperor was believed to be a direct descendant of Amaterasu.
This is the same thinking and indoctrination that had post-surrender mothers tossing their infants over cliffs because they were told that American soldiers were cannibals.

I can understand that some would think that this was some kind of honor. Personally I see it as a religious extremist hiding in the woods killing people.

Let us remember what this kind of thinking leads to. No more theocracies.


Pretty much this.

Still, the story was interesting.
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Kaldar5 wrote:

Amazing what propaganda and religious indoctrination can do.

The Pre-WW2 Japanese government was technically at least partially a theocracy. The emperor was believed to be a direct descendant of Amaterasu.
This is the same thinking and indoctrination that had post-surrender mothers tossing their infants over cliffs because they were told that American soldiers were cannibals.

I can understand that some would think that this was some kind of honor. Personally I see it as a religious extremist hiding in the woods killing people.

Let us remember what this kind of thinking leads to. No more theocracies.


The Japanese believed their men were the best weapons they could have. This is because they were so devoted to their country because of all the brain washing. this in the end was one of there biggest downfalls because they often went into battle with old technology. The main machine gun in the Japanese army was a french machine gun from WW1 that was so heavy it took 3 men to carry. also there main weapon was a slow bolt action rifle that was made around 1900 based off a design from the 1800s.

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