Skip to comments.U.S. WARSHIPS ENTER BAY BELOW TOKYO WHEN TYPHOONS DELAY OUR LANDINGS (8/26/45)
Posted on 08/26/2015 4:49:38 AM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson
The News of the Week in Review
Ten Focal Points in the Changing Pacific (map) 16
Fifteen News Questions 19
Complete Surrender Including Face (cartoon) 20
Japans Fanatics are MArthurs No. 1 Problem (Jones) 21-22
And Remember No Incidents (cartoon) 22
Answers to Fifteen News Questions 22
The New York Times Magazine
Its Socialism, Not Communism, Says Laski (by Harold J. Laski) 23-25
August 26th, 1945 (SUNDAY)
UNITED KINGDOM: Sir Arthur Harris, the C-in-C of RAF Bomber Command announces his resignation. He will relinquish his command next month and retire from the RAF shortly afterwards.
BURMA: Japanese envoys, led by Lieutenant General NUMATA Takazo, Chief of Staff to Field Marshal Count TERAUCHI Hisaichi, Commander in Chief, Japanese Southern Army, arrives at an airfield outside Rangoon this morning to carry out surrender arrangements in southeast Asia.
HONG KONG: Instructions have been given to the Japanese garrison to surrender to British Rear Admiral Cecil H. J. Harcourt, Commander of the 11th Aircraft Carrier Squadron.
JAPAN: Japanese diplomats board the U.S. battleship USS Missouri (BB-63) to receive instructions on Japan’s surrender.
The posts of Minister of Greater East Asia, Minister of Agriculture and Commerce and Minister of Munitions in the Cabinet of Prime Minister, Prince HIGASHIKUNI Naruhiko are abolished.
CANADA: HMC ML 121 paid off.
My groggy, precaffeinated self just did a double-take on the page 9 Fownes Glove ad.
“168 years of fine love making for men and women”.
Looking at the terms and approach used in Japan’s surrender, it occurs that Germany could have gotten a much better deal if the July 20 1944 coup against Hitler had succeeded, and the new German leaders waved a white flag.
More information on sinking of IJN Kongo by USS Sealion II:
It is socialism not communism.
I haven’t had my coffee yet, either. I read the title and thought
“It’s feces, not s***.”
Oh yeah, you can smell the difference.
I’m not sure about that. At the time, the NYT drew very little distinction at the time between Hitler and the German militarists, who were perceived to be the officer corps.
What would have been interesting would have been if the German leadership offered “unconditional surrender” in the west only, and not in the east.
But at that point I am flirting with a violation of henkster’s law.
Halsay’s Ride in Toykyo
Halsey did ride a horse, but he wasnt Emperor Hirohitos white stallion, who remained private property of the Emperor. Instead, he rode another horse that was supplied by Major General William Chase, the commander of the First Calvary Regiment. After reviewing the honor guard of the First Calvary Regiment, he mounted the horse and rode slowly around the bivouac area on the outskirts of Tokyo. It was an unscheduled affair, so he didnt get to use the special saddle. Please dont let me alone with this animal, the Admiral said. Upon dismounting, he grinned and said, I was never so scared in my life.
IT IS COMMUNISM, NOT SOCIALSIM. (a current view)
In any case, until people can start understanding that redistribution of wealth is Communism, the conservatives and Republicans will never deliver a knock-out punch. Communism is the necessary word here.
Tokyo Reports Suicide Wave Before Palace of Emperor
There was a strong relationship between the military and suicide. Even as late as 2008 it is still an issue:
Under pressure, the education ministry in December restored references in history textbooks to note that Okinawans ‘committed group suicides with the involvement by the Japanese military.’
Here is a list of Japanese military suicides.
On 14 August 1945, Anami signed the surrender document with the rest of the cabinet, then attempted suicide by seppuku early the next morning. Failing to conduct the ritual properly he had to be dispatched by his brother-in-law.[dubious discuss] His suicide note read: “Iwith my deathhumbly apologize to the Emperor for the great crime.” This “cryptic” note is open to multiple interpretations.
Not much reference at the below regarding the Japanese surrender but describes the history and process:
The KONGO was, in fact, sinking , and damage control had lost the battle to prolong her life. If any confirmation was needed, it was provided when they heard the Chief DCO had committed suicide in frustration at the failure.
Eli Thomas Reich
a highly decorated United States Navy officer and World War II submarine commander the only one to sink a battleship during the war.
Shortly after his retirement from the Navy, Reich was named director of the Emergency Energy Allocations Program, which was responsible for the distribution of oil and gasoline during the 1973 oil crisis. Described as a “crusty three-star admiral” by syndicated columnists Rowland Evans and Robert Novak, Admiral Reich was reported by the columnists to have told staff members:
“I don’t give a damn for the public image. We’re not here to create an image. We’re to do a jobmy way. And that’s the military way.”
After a short time at the job, Admiral Reich clashed with energy chief William E. Simon, and he left the newly formed Department of Energy.
That is a funny story about Halsey. Not much need for horses in the navy, but given the generation he’d come from, I’m surprised he didn’t have more experience in the saddle.
Hard to tell whether he was let go because of his age, he was no longer effective, or whether he was actually too effective, which isn't what bureaucrats want. If he left the DOE to go into the old folks home, where he was known to repeat to the staff:
"I sank a battleship! A Japanese battleship! Now, who stole my World's Fair Spoon?!"
I guess we would know which situation was true.
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