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Did any japanese soldier surrender?

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  1. C0nnect3d

    C0nnect3d New Member

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    Hi,
    I am new to this forum and while watching a ww2 movie I had a question for which I couldn't find any answer on google. In all the ww2 movies and tv shows that I have watched the Japanese soldier never surrender in any circumstances. Even the Japanese culture I got to in know draws a picture of the Japanese fighter or "samurai" as a warrior that never surrenders. I wanted to know if there were any records of Japanese troops surrendering during ww2, and if so did they really do it less often than the other armies ? (Not including after the bombs...)

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    A-58 Cool Dude

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    They did, but not in great numbers like western armies did. As the war drug on in the PTO, more and more Japanese soldiers decided that further resistance was futile and made the decision to gave up. Also it must be considered that in the latter part of the war, many of the men drafted into the IJA were not nearly as fanatical and dedicated as the ones that went into the army early in the war. Additionally there were large contingents of Korean and Taiwanese soldiers conscripted into the army as well. These men were in uniform largely against their will and had little to no desire really to fight for the Japanese Empire or to give their lives for the Emperor.

    Japanese prisoners of war in World War II - Wikipedia

    An interesting story here.

    Takenaga incident - Wikipedia

    As a matter-o-fact, Japanese POW #1 was captured (but did not willfully surrender) at Pearl Harbor after his midget sub ran aground.

    Read all about it:

    Kazuo Sakamaki - Wikipedia
     
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  3. Skipper

    Skipper Kommodore

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    I'd suggest you watch this movie.. at the end, one survivor surrenders. It's is of course ficton, but clearly inspired from the sense of sacrifice that associated surrender with infamy and suicide as honorable.

     
  4. C0nnect3d

    C0nnect3d New Member

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    Thanks @A-58 ! It was exactly what I was looking for. I find it really interesting that the Allied hatred for the Japanese actually fuelled the "suicidal" propaganda from the Japanese government. This sentence : "Japanese POWs often believed that by surrendering they had broken all ties with Japan, and many provided military intelligence to the Allies." makes me think about the efficiency of the Japanese strategy; if their prisoners while being less numerous gave more information.

    Thanks @Skipper I was looking for a good move to watch.
     
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    A-58 Cool Dude

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    Glad to be of assistance.
     
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    Google 'Cowra breakout'....
     

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