What are some 'unknown' historical events worth knowing about?

Updated on : December 8, 2021 by Amy Fraser



What are some 'unknown' historical events worth knowing about?

The mass rape of Japanese civilians by American soldiers after World War II.

I've written about this before, but I don't think many people understand its scope or how bad it really was, so this is what I said:

This is the best article I found on the subject. It is well obtained and you should read it:

“Japanese historian Oshiro Masayasu writes about the large-scale rape by American soldiers in Okinawa in 1945. He reports the incident in a village on the Motobu Peninsula where soldiers landed and found only women, children and the elderly there. What followed was abominable. There was a hunt in broad daylight fo

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The mass rape of Japanese civilians by American soldiers after World War II.

I've written about this before, but I don't think many people understand its scope or how bad it really was, so this is what I said:

This is the best article I found on the subject. It is well obtained and you should read it:

“Japanese historian Oshiro Masayasu writes about the large-scale rape by American soldiers in Okinawa in 1945. He reports the incident in a village on the Motobu Peninsula where soldiers landed and found only women, children and the elderly there. What followed was abominable. There was a broad daylight hunt of Japanese women who were mercilessly devastated.

There is no documentary evidence that Allied troops committed mass rapes during the War of the Pacific. However, there are numerous credible testimonies alleging that the US forces committed a large number of rapes during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945 ”.

Shortly after the occupation of Japan, the mass rape by American soldiers was so rampant that after 10 days they simply stopped keeping track:

"1,336 rapes were also reported during the first 10 days of occupation of Kanagawa prefecture after the Japanese surrender."

The Japanese, following the surrender, established a "voluntary association" of prostitutes called the "Recreation and Entertainment Association".

Its purpose was essentially to provide comfort women for the Allied soldiers. The Japanese wanted to protect their daughters from what were perceived as lustful American occupiers, so they created this association, which had both women who believed they were protecting Japan's lineage and those who were essentially fooled into helping deter rape:

Immediately after the Japanese surrendered in 1945, the Japanese Interior Ministry made plans to protect Japanese women of its middle and upper classes from American troops.

Fear of a runaway US military led them to quickly establish the first "comfort women" stations for use by US troops. By the end of 1945, the Japanese Interior Ministry had organized the Recreation and Amusement Association (RAA), a chain of prostitution houses with 20,000 women serving the occupation forces throughout Japan. (Many more women known as panpan turned to prostitution in the struggle to survive amid the postwar devastation.) Burritt Sabin of the Japan Times reported in 2002 that just days before the opening of the RAA, hundreds of American soldiers split in two. of its facilities and raped all the women. The situation led MacArthur and Eichelberger,

Historian Takemae Eiji reports that:

". . . The American troops behaved like conquerors, especially in the first weeks and months of occupation. Misconduct ranged from black market, petty theft, reckless driving, and disorderly conduct to vandalism, arson, murder, and rape. . . . In Yokohama, Chiba and elsewhere, soldiers and sailors violated the law with impunity, and incidents of robbery, rape and occasionally murder were widely reported in the press. "

John W. Dower noted in his book 'Embracing Defeat' that while the association existed, it was estimated that there were between 40 and 70 rapes or sexual assaults per day that occurred within the association. That doesn't include the many more that occurred outside of it.

There was enough public outrage over the fact that there were several demonstrations against the rapes by Japanese civilians. These demonstrations were repressed and the leaders were sometimes imprisoned. They silenced all Japanese civilians who tried to oppose their crimes and made it illegal to write newspapers or comment against their occupation or the bombs until 1952. The United States tried to censor all media outlets regarding the violations, hence the lack of official documentation of all the ordeal. :

“Two weeks after the occupation, the Japanese press began reporting rape and looting. MacArthur responded by swiftly censoring all the media. Monica Braw, whose investigation revealed that even mention of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and in particular the bomb's effects on the civilian population, was censored, maintains that widespread censorship continued throughout the occupation years. "The censorship covered all the media and established rules that were so general as to cover everything. It did not specify prohibited topics, did not establish penalties for violations, although it was clear that such punishments existed, and prohibited all discussion even about the existence of the censorship itself ".

With heavy media repression, victimization, and attempts to conceal rape reports, the only reliable evidence we have of mass rape is numerous testimonial accounts from both the victims themselves and the US soldiers who They admitted that they did. or saw someone else participate in it. There is so much evidence to prove that thousands of mass rapes occurred that it would be very difficult to prove otherwise.

There is more in the article that I recommend you read, because in my opinion, it is even worse than what the Soviets did in Berlin.

However, unsurprisingly, the Western historian estimates the number of rape victims at only a few thousand. Some even deny that any violation has occurred, even though it is well documented with credible actual resources.

Only 3 people were tried for the mass rape, and guess what! All 3 were black.

Here are the Wikipedia pages on this topic:

  • Rape during the occupation of Japan
  • United States war crimes

Edit: I find it funny how people are trying to defend the Americans in this situation, when many of them are also interested in demonizing the Soviets for the mass rape in Berlin.

Mass rape of Japanese civilians? Pfft, they deserved it after what the Japanese soldiers did in China. Mass rape of German civilians? Those Soviets are monsters. Thank God America doesn't do anything that evil ...

Keep telling yourself that.

Any massive violation against civilians is bad, regardless of who committed it or why. I can't believe I have to tell people this.

The person who saved the world from turning it into something like this.

Soviet submarine commander Vasili Arkhipov

The man who saved the world by wisely choosing not to authorize the use of a nuclear weapon at the right time: Soviet submarine commander Vasili Arkhipov.

October 1962, when the height of the cold war Cuban missile crisis between the United States and the Soviet Union was in full swing. The United States placed missiles in Turkey and Italy near the border with the Soviet Union, which in response to this decision, the Soviet Union decided to launch missiles in Cuba.

John F. Kennedy Administration Staff

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The person who saved the world from turning it into something like this.

Soviet submarine commander Vasili Arkhipov

The man who saved the world by wisely choosing not to authorize the use of a nuclear weapon at the right time: Soviet submarine commander Vasili Arkhipov.

October 1962, when the height of the cold war Cuban missile crisis between the United States and the Soviet Union was in full swing. The United States placed missiles in Turkey and Italy near the border with the Soviet Union, which in response to this decision, the Soviet Union decided to launch missiles in Cuba.

Arthur Schlesinger himself, a staff member in the John F. Kennedy administration, said: "It was the most dangerous moment in human history."

President Kennedy decided not to attack Cuba directly, opting instead for a blockade around the island to prevent Soviet ships from accessing it, which he announced on October 22.

On October 26, he then presented the Soviets with an ultimatum, demanding that they withdraw the nuclear missiles from Cuba.

After some negotiations, they agreed to withdraw their missiles and end the conflicts.

Now here comes the biggest twist.

As the leaders of the two countries handled the negotiations, they were largely unaware of a much more precarious situation that was happening below the surface in the Caribbean.

On October 27, the Soviet submarine B-59 (in which Vasili was one of three commanders) stopped near Cuba when US forces began dropping non-lethal depth charges. While the action was designed to encourage Soviet submarines to surface, the B-59 crew were unaware of the intent. They thought it was a fire attack that is considered the beginning of a third world. As they were too depraved, they were unable to receive radio signals from Moscow for several days, so they were still in the dilemma of whether the war had started or not.

Trapped in the suffocating submarine, the air conditioning no longer worked, the crew feared death. But, unbeknownst to the US forces, they had a special weapon in their arsenal: a ten kiloton nuclear torpedo. Furthermore, the officers were allowed to launch it without waiting for Moscow's approval.

The first Captain considers the fact that the war has started when they could not hear it from Moscow. They decided to launch the torpedo, but it needed the approval of the other two captains.

Here comes the role of Vasili, when he refused to pitch while the other two captains were ready to pitch.

The conditions were so horrible that later one of the crew, Anatoly Andreev, mentioned in his diary that:

“For the last four days, they haven't even let us get to the depth of the periscope… My head is exploding from the stale air. ... Today three sailors fainted again from overheating ... Air regeneration is malfunctioning, the carbon dioxide content is increasing, and electrical power reserves are falling. Those who are free from their shifts are sitting motionless, staring at one place. … The temperature in the sections is above 50 122ºF.

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The first captain agreed to launch the torpedo, although they may die but did not want to become the embarrassment of the fleet. Later, staying calm amid the chaos, Arkhipov managed to convince Savitsky that "the Americans were not actually attacking them and that they were only firing depth charges to get the attention of the Soviets and simply draw them to the surface for identification. ". quite intelligent and decisive person.

The submarines of Vasili's order agreed to surface and awaited orders from Moscow. He was so right, it didn't break.

How do people know about this heroic event?

We didn't actually do it until 2002, when former Soviet officer Vadim Orlov, who was on the B-59 with Arkhipov, revealed what had happened on that fateful day 40 years earlier, when a man most likely saved the world and also that the submarines were armed with a nuclear torpedo and that Archipov's refusal to launch them saved the world from war. His heroic moment during the Cuban missile crisis wasn't made public until 2002.

So what could have happened if that day Vasili didn't stop them,

  • This would have caused global devastation.
  • Countless civilian deaths.
  • And why not.

What did Vasili receive in exchange for such a life or do I say an act to save the earth? Any?

Arkhipov and his comrades faced criticism from Soviet leaders who thought the B-59 should never have surfaced and revealed itself after the Americans removed the depth charges.

The world didn't hear from him until 2002, four years after his death. He should have been awarded and hailed as a hero while he was still alive.

Unfortunately, he was not recognized in his lifetime for his contribution to humanity. I wish this could happen.

Vasili Arkhipov remained in the Soviet Navy until the 1980s and finally died at the age of 72 in 1998.

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