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Stop trying to dignify the Japs up to and during 'The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere' phase of their sordid history, you have no right.
Japan's conduct towards its disarmed adversaries and unarmed civilians from about 1930 to '45 was beyond appalling and cannot be defended to the slightest degree, in any context.
Japan thoroughly deserved two nuclear strikes. Well done to those who made it happen, and to those who hanged them by the dozens afterwards.
Great shame Hirohito missed the party.
...either Agar of Dorsetshire or the acting CO of Cornwall (Manwaring was apparently wounded and didn't write the after action report) mentioned machine gunning only in the context of the two vessels defending themselves with what little they had prior to actually sinking...their own machine guns.
If you're interested in the after action reports concerning the sinking of Nachi in Manila Bay in November '44 you'll find specific reference by the American fliers that they repeatedly machined gunned the survivors in the water until they saw no more.
It seems to me that the RN Fanboys on this Board simply can't get over the fact that the Japanese knocked the snot out of the RN in '41 and '42 (effectively taking the British out of the Pacific War until Okinawa) and make any attempt they can to tar the Japanese who--by and large--were far more 'honorable' during this time than they would prove in later years.
In any event, suggesting the Japanese repeatedly machine gunned survivors of C & D in the Indian Ocean doesn't bear up to examination. Now, if you wished to discuss the actions of several submarines and 'raiders' in the Indian Ocean, well, you'd be on much firmer ground.
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