Australia has executed the most ruthless Japanese war criminals
In the Second World War, Japan brought great trauma to China. Most of China was destroyed. Nearly 40 million soldiers and civilians died. It was shocking. It was the country that suffered the most losses in the Second World War.
For this reason, after the end of the war, the Allies began to provide the list of Class A war criminals to the Far East Military Tribunal. At that time, the United States provided a list of 30 Class A war criminals, China provided 32, Britain provided 11, and another country provided a list of Class A war criminals. With a large list of 100 people, it has become the country that provides the most Class A war criminals among the Allies.
Although at the end of the Far East Military Tribunal, asylum by the United States and MacArthur, only seven Japanese Class A war criminals were executed, and the others were only sentenced but not executed. However, this country has always been dissatisfied, and even insisted that the Japanese emperor be brought to justice for a public trial, but this was not realized after the intervention of the United States.
This country is the offspring of British prisoners in exile-Australia. Why does Australia have such a deep hatred of Japan? Can’t you see that China has lost so much, that they are not as active as they are? In fact, this was just revenge by the Australian army for the cruel treatment of prisoners of war by the Japanese.
Scrawny Australian prisoners of war in Singapore’s Changi Prison during World War II
- Three sad places of the Japanese army
One is Guadalcanal, known as the “Hungry Island”, and the Imphal battlefield known as the “Bone Street”, and the third is Papua New Guinea, where the casualties are the heaviest.
In the Battle of Guadalcanal, 36,000 Japanese soldiers were killed 22,000, and 90,000 Japanese soldiers died in the Battle of Imphal. However, in Papua New Guinea, the Japanese invested about 200,000 people, and only 18,000 returned to Japan alive. People, more than 90% died here.
Today, the eastern part of Papua New Guinea is managed by Australia, and the western part belongs to Indonesia. But at the time it belonged to the British and Dutch colonies, but at that time Papua New Guinea was mainly fought by the Australian army alone.
The Japanese army attacked Papua New Guinea with the ultimate goal of attacking Australia. Beginning in March 1942, the Japanese and Australian troops fought large-scale battles on this island.
Australian soldier showing the won Japanese flag
- The Australian Army taught the arrogant Japanese army
When talking about the Pacific War, everyone might only think of the confrontation between China and the United States and Japan. In fact, the Australian Army also fought a tough battle with Japanese real swords and guns.
Unlike other countries, the Australian army clashed with the Japanese army from the very beginning. Since the navy is not dominant and even has no naval support, the Australian Army can only fight away from the coastline. In addition to the fierceness of the Australian Army, the local environment also helps the Australian Army.
Due to the warm and humid climate in New Guinea, the Japanese army was kept in the burrow by the firepower of the Australian army. The body could grow moss, and the wounded would survive. At the end of the war, the U.S. Navy counterattacked and the Japanese Navy’s Midway Island suffered a fatal blow, and the Japanese army’s logistical supplies became even more inadequate, so that the Japanese army even began to eat dead colleagues.
Because the battle was so miserable, the Japanese soldiers who liked to keep diaries did not keep any diaries, and those who survived refused to remember. Now even the Japanese have to go to Australia if they want to study the battle of New Guinea. This battle is the Australian army. The most beautiful battle was fought, and the Japanese suffered a lot.
- Why does Australia hate the Japanese army so much?
Why is the Australian army so hostile to the Japanese army? This is closely related to the brutal treatment of the prisoners by the Japanese army. In the Southeast Asian battlefield, the Australian army fought side by side with Britain in the early days.
During the Second World War, Singapore had 15,000 Australian troops to help the British garrison, but the British did not fight. Although Australia was very tough, it was ultimately defeated and hard to support. Soon they entered the Japanese prisoner-of-war camp with the British.
At that time, Japan referred to white people as “ghost animals.” Because of its humble country, it was more likely to be cruelly treated by Japan. Compared with the United Kingdom and the United States, Australia was a humble country, so Australian soldiers were brutally tortured and killed, and the Japanese army also attacked. Thousands of people were killed and injured in Darwin, which made Australia very angry. Since then, Australia has been united and wanted to settle accounts with Japan.
Japanese troops surrendered to Australian troops
- Australia even insists on trying the emperor of Japan
In order to avenge the cruelty of the Japanese army, after the Australian army retaliated fiercely on the battlefield of New Guinea, they also continued their hatred of Japan until the post-war period. Even if Japan surrenders, Australia does not want to let go of a Japanese war criminal who killed them.
Compared with China’s tenderness of 32 Class A war criminals, Australia only submitted a large list of 100 Class A war criminals, which is more than three times that of China. It became the country that provided the most Class A war criminals among the Allies at that time.
At that time, Class A war criminals were tried and executed by the International Court of Justice, and the United States and Britain largely spared Japan for their own interests. Even India, which had not gained independence from Britain at the time and was not violated by the Japanese, had a trial judge. There are as many seats as China. However, both Class B and Class C war criminals are left to the free disposal of the country where they are located, which gives Australia a chance for revenge.
Frankly speaking, the Japanese war criminals who fell into the hands of Australia were the most unlucky. In the end, according to the Japanese’s own statistics, Australia executed 140 Class B and Class C Japanese war criminals, which is the most among the Allied countries and more than China. Compared with the harm Japan has caused to China, it is not worth mentioning to Australia.
What is even more admirable is that Australia has since insisted on imprisoning Emperor Hirohito of Japan in court for a public trial, but because the United States is in a strategic need to fight the Soviet Union, it has no choice but to accept the US arrangement.