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WW2 in pictures.

 
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Johann Hansen
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 8:02 pm    Post subject: WW2 in pictures. Reply with quote

http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/pages/ww2/

Some good pictures of the land before things got ugly, and some good ones in general.
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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is crazy!



"In March of 1974, some 29 years after the official end of World War II, Hiroo Onoda, a former Japanese Army intelligence officer, walks out of the jungle of Lubang Island in the Philippines, where he was finally relieved of duty. He handed over his sword (hanging from his hip in photo), his rifle, ammunition and several hand grenades. Onoda had been sent to Lubang Island in December of 1944 to join an existing group of soldiers and hamper any enemy attacks. Allied forces overtook the island just a few months later, capturing or killing all but Onoda and three other Japanese soldiers. The four ran into the hills and began a decades-long insurgency extending well past the end of the war. Several times they found or were handed leaflets notifying them that the war had ended, but they refused to believe it. In 1950, one of the soldiers turned himself in to Philippine authorities. By 1972, Onoda's two other compatriots were dead, killed during guerrilla activities, leaving Onoda alone. In 1974, Onoda met a Japanese college dropout, Norio Suzuki, who was traveling the world, and through their friendship, Onoda's former commanding officer was located and flew to Lubang Island to formally relieve Onoda of duty, and bring him home to Japan. Over the years, the small group had killed some 30 Filipinos in various attacks, but Onoda ended up going free, after he received a pardon from President Ferdinand Marcos. (AP Photo)"
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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

29 years? I think it is rather obvious that Hiroo Onoda didn't call his hits. Let this be a lesson to all of us.
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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2012 2:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe the longest Japanese have been still 'fighting' is like 60 years. Im pretty sure some we're discovered last decade.
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