Never-ending battle samurai — 60 years in the jungle after the war

The eternal battle of samurai - 60 years after the war in the jungleDecember 7, 1941 the residents of the country of the rising sun stormed Pearl Harbor, and began the majestic East Asian war — As they called it in the land of the rising sun. September 2, 1945, it ended with the signing of the Act of unquestioning surrender land of the rising sun. But some Japanese fighter never knew about it and continued to wage war in the tropical undergrowth Pacific Islander ….

Klondike at the dump

October 14, 1944 Private and Corporal Masashi Ito Iroko Manakava case behind the private company. A few minutes later they heard a strong shooting — their comrades were ambushed. Masashi Manakava and crawled away from unsafe places, and so began their long-standing wanderings.

Was eaten untouchable in store, the men began to feed on the larvae of insects, snakes and other exotic dishes. All around were enemies — the locals either of the enemies, and Masashi Manakava and hiding from them too far into the jungle.

Masashi said later: "We were convinced that our generals retreated from tactical judgments, but a day will come when they will return with reinforcements. From time to time we lit the fires, but it was not safe, because we could find. I knew I needed to stay alive, to perform custom duty — to continue the fight. We survived only by accident, as encountered in a landfill U.S. air base. "

This dump has become a real Klondike for the lost soldier. Americans threw away a lot of food and a variety of things — from cans inhabitants of the country of the rising sun made the dishes, from scraps of cloth — clothes. But these are not insignificant scraps rescued them from the tropical rains, non-stop walking in the rainy season. Two months in a row and Masashi Minakava impassable were sitting in their own shelter, eating only frogs and larvae.

At one point, the two brothers had a falling out in distress, and Minakava decided to step away. Masashi recalled: "After he left, I wanted to scream at the top of the voice. I knew that no one would survive. A few days I made my way along the jungle, looking for Manakavu and found him. We hugged and vowed never to give up. "

Lunch of rats and frogs

The eternal battle of samurai - 60 years after the war in the jungleHermit life was over for the Japanese fighter only 16 years later … At one point during the day Minakava went on the hunt and disappeared. Masashi enveloped panic: "I knew I would not survive without it. In search of a friend I searched all the tropical undergrowth. Quite the case came to pack and sandals Minakavy. I was sure that he was seized by the Americans. Suddenly over my head proparhal plane, and I rushed back to tropical undergrowth, determined to die rather than surrender. After climbing the mountain, I saw a four Yankees who were awaiting me. Among them was Minakava, which I did not immediately vyznat — his face was clean-shaven. He said that when he walked through the woods, then came upon the people, and they persuaded him to surrender. From him I heard that the war has long been over, but it came in handy a few months to really believe it. I showed a picture of my grave in the land of the rising sun, where the monument was written that I had died in battle. It was terribly difficult to understand. All my youth was wasted. The same evening I went to the overheated room, and for the first time in many years, went to sleep on the bed nezapyatannoy. It was delicious! "

This story is not an isolated case. Some soldiers carried in the tropical undergrowth even more time. Imperial Army Sergeant Shoichi Ikoi at one point during the attack the Yankees took refuge in the jungle. And he lived all alone, eating only frogs and rats 28 long years!

"I was all alone so many long days and nights. At one point, try clicking chased a snake that crawled into my house, but released only insignificant squeak. My vocal cords were so long in inaction, that just refuses to work. After that, I began each day to train your own voice, singing a song or reading aloud the prayers. "

His case found only in January 1972. Ikoi by then already turned 58 years old. He knew nothing about the atomic bombing, surrender Land of the Rising Sun. When he realized that the long years of his imprisonment were just stupid, that he fell to the ground and burst into tears.

Code of honor

The eternal battle of samurai - 60 years after the war in the jungleStill later, in 1974, on a remote Philippine peninsula Lubanga was found 52-year-old Lieutenant Hiroo Onoda. Many years Nazal Onoda and his friend Kinshiki Kozuka ambushed a Philippine patrol, mistaking him for a South American. Kozuka died, and the sample track Onoda no to no avail: he hid in impenetrable thickets.

He spent 30 years in full hermit, and was found by a special expedition sent by the Government of the Land of the Rising Sun to search for remaining in the tropical bush fighter.

To assure Onoda, that the war was over, even had to call his former commander — no one else he would not believe. Onoda asked for permission to quit the sacred memory of a samurai sword, which he had buried in the peninsula in 1945.

Onoda was so stunned to learn that the war was over long ago, that it has had to use a long psychotherapeutic healing. It read: "I know what's hiding in the forests of many of my friends, I know their call signs and locations where they are hiding. But they never come to my cry. They'll think I failed the test and broke, surrendering opponents. Unfortunately, they are there and die. "

After a course of psychotherapy Onondu brought to Japan and were allowed to meet with elderly parents. His father said: "I'm proud of you! You acted like a real fighter, it gave a hint to your heart … "

Year later found Lee Kuan Hvey, Taiwanese, enlisted in the Japanese army first second world war. He lived in the jungle, near the ocean, in a hut built by the type of Taiwan. Hvey ate in the main fish that fished at night with a dart from a pointed bamboo. Taiwanese rushed to the feet of the members of the search expedition, which was accompanied by local police, asking for execution as offended honor of the governor, allowing the capture itself. It is curious that this soldier was in good shape, despite the supply shortage and solitude for decades …

In 2005, on the Philippine island of Mindanao were found 87-year-old Lieutenant Yoshio Yamakawa, and 83-year-old Lance Corporal Tsuzuki Nakauti, disappeared in 1945. 60 years, they have conducted their war … The Japanese authorities are convinced that in the tropical undergrowth skryvatyutsya other recent fighters 2nd World War and continued their rozyki.

Naturally, many Europeans, or the Yankees realize why these people live in the forest, why they did not seek out the e
nemy units to surrender to him. But in the land of the rising sun of their behavior is puzzling. These men are so fanatically devoted to their own emperor, they prefer to hide in the jungle to avoid the shame of captivity.

These inhabitants of the country of the rising sun — the descendants of the brave Samurai warriors who live on their own special code of honor. Their slogan — absolute obedience to their commanders. Captivity — it's a shame and humiliation, forever branded with them in the eyes of those whom they respect — friends, family and soldiers. This way of thinking Japanese fighter since the second world war. And as if we did not relate to these people, but, of course, their code of honor is respected …

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