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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Japan's Home Guard - Late WWII

When it became obvious that Japan was losing World War II to the Allied nations, a sense of calm panic began to set in on the home front... one that felt the Allied Nations might soon invade Japan in order to get them to surrender.

But Japan would never surrender... a thought the Allies, as led by the United States felt was true... that any invasion onto Japan would cause a tremendous loss of human life on both sides owing to Japan's stubbornness to admit defeat.

It all goes back to that whole bushido... the way of the warrior attitude that Japan had (and continues to manifest in 2015), as though they are all somehow samurai warriors at heart... warriors who would rather die than be taken prisoner by the enemy.

In preparation for a possible Allied invasion (one called off after the dropping of two atomic bombs), the Japanese prepared, by arming the citizenry with all manners of weapons - from wooden poles, to farming implements, and if lucky, rifles.

In the photo above, a cadre of young Japanese women learn the basics of how to handle a rifle... of course, with REAL weapons being needed for the Japanese troops, these women were only allowed to perform drills with wooden mock replica rifles.

I love their sensible shoes.. kind of sexy.

Still... the photo shows the rampant determination of the Japanese to not disappoint their Emperor by not dying for him.

On the plus side, Japan's Emperor did surrender to the Allied nations following the second atomic bomb blast that leveled Nagasaki in mid-August, 1945... a brave and sensible act considering most of the war cabinet still fancied themselves the reincarnation of brave samurai warriors of centuries ago... believing that the universe was on its side, so why should they surrender?

If you were to truly think about the content of the above photo, you might find a chilling reminder that the Japanese public was rabid in its hatred of the enemy... even though most didn't really know why they hated them - except that they were told they should

Andrew Joseph


  1. It has to be some sort of Islander thing. While not up to Japanese standards, The British had the Aux units - stay behind units with a life expectancy of a week or less. They also has the same sort of bloody mindedness that would have cause massive retaliation on civilians if the Germans had invaded.

    Or it could be an overarching sense of racial superiority in both cases

  2. Thank-you for the compliments, guys !!

    1. I believe that most of the readers on this site are fair, open-minded individuals, and that things like war aren't as black and white as the photos I often examine.