Personnel from Australia, Canada, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Tonga and the United States standing on the flight deck for manning the rails on the amphibious assault ship USS Essex in Honolulu, Hawaii, on July 11 2012.
The Empire of Japan, which had signed but never ratified the 1929 Geneva Convention on Prisoners of War, did not treat prisoners of war in accordance with international agreements, including provisions of the Hague Conventions, either during the Second Sino-Japanese War or during the Pacific War because the Japanese viewed surrender as dishonorable. Moreover, according to a directive ratified on 5 August 1937 by Hirohito, the constraints of the Hague Conventions were explicitly removed on Chinese prisoners.
Prisoners of war from China, the United States, Australia, Britain, Canada, India, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the Philippines held by the Japanese armed forces were subject to murder, beatings, summary punishment, brutal treatment, forced labour, medical experimentation, starvation rations, poor medical treatment and cannibalism. The most notorious use of forced labour was in the construction of the Burma–Thailand Death Railway. After 20 March 1943, the Imperial Japanese Navy was under orders to execute all prisoners taken at sea.
According to the findings of the Tokyo Tribunal, the death rate of Western prisoners was 27.1%, seven times that of POWs under the Nazis and Italians. The death rate of Chinese was much higher. Thus, while 37,583 prisoners from the United Kingdom, Commonwealth, and Dominions, 28,500 from the Netherlands, and 14,473 from the United States were released after the surrender of Japan, the number for the Chinese was only 56 in total. Of the 27,465 United States Army and United States Army Air Forces POWs in the Pacific Theater, they had a 40.4% death rate. The War Ministry in Tokyo issued an order at the end of the war to kill all surviving POWs.
Do you happen to know anywhere where Brits can watch the Tony Awards?
According to the Tony Awards website, “Elaine Paige will host a special program on BBC Radio 2 covering the 71st Annual Tony Awards, including performances from the ceremony - Sunday, June 11, 1:00 p.m.”
You could try streaming it on the CBS All Access App but I have no idea if that will work. There are some threads that could help you more than me, right here and here.
(Also, okay, I’m just realizing how truly bizarre this all is. Because, the Tony’s are airing on various channels in Canada, Japan, most of Latin and South America, the Philippines, New Zealand, bases for the US Armed Forces, China, and more, so… Why aren’t they airing in the UK as well?)
U.S. Army soldiers with the 25th Infantry Division, and New Zealand Defence Force soldiers with 1st New Zealand Brigade, take cover and move toward a simulated adversary during Exercise Kiwi Koru Nov. 14, 2014, outside of Whangamomona, New Zealand.
Today the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended commemorative military events on ANZAC Day. William and Catherine attended the dawn memorial services for ANZAC Day.
ANZAC Day is an official day of remembrance for both Australia and New Zealand. Originally, the 25th of April marked the anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign during World War I and pay respects to the fallen soldiers. Today, the day is used to commemorate those who have died in all campaigns, and to remember the sacrifice of the Royal New Zealand and Royal Australian Armed Forces.
I hate the New Zealand army but usually struggle to find words that explain why I strongly dislike them, could you help me?
new zealand has no business even existing much less maintaining an armed force which is primarily used for 1. maintaining new zealand’s imperial interests throughout the pacific 2. scurrying around and doing NATO’s dirty work in the middle east 3. mundane peacekeeping we could afford to do domestically if we didn’t maintain a fucking army
notice how only one of those three purposes for the NZ army isn’t fucking evil, and how the army, by existing, makes that purpose harder to fulfill? that’s why the army needs to be destroyed.