October 1951 - US B29 bombers carry out simulated A-bomb attacks, code-named "Operation Hudson River", on major cities in N Korea. The bombers drop dummy atomic bombs all real except for the explosives. This is intended more a psychological than tactical. It is hoped to keep N Korean leaders guessing when the real thing would come. To counter this challenge, the communists expand their air capabilities to 4,000 planes manned by Chinese, Korean and Russian pilots. On the ground, they dig 776 miles of tunnels, 3,427 miles of trenches - formidable fortifications that will withstand atomic bombs.
This is from his chapter on POWs. Anyone heard of this before?
Sept. 1944 - Things were not going well for Japan. There were more ashes of war dead coming to our little town. We had only a handful of young male teachers left - the rest of them having joined the Imperial Army. For the first time, a picture of dead Japanese soldiers appeared on the news. Our principal said that our soldiers were making the ultimate sacrifice and we owed our life to them as the song says - hei-dai-san-no o-ga-ge-,,,. We ought to do more to help the war effort. Young school kids were forced to plant rice, to gather wild grapes (needed for radar), pick hops (beer for Japanese troops), and sell vegetables to raise cash - and so on.
From the chapter on Japan Defeated. Does anyone know how grapes were used for radar????
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