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Peter Dixon



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· Date: Tue, 30 April 19 · Views: 404
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Keywords: Sydney
Source of Image, If not your own: My father
Location photo was taken: Asia
Date photo was taken: WW2
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Clanline
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Tue, 30 April 19 01:59

Peter what is the story behind these photos?
My father-in-law was a 'guest' of the Japanese after capture in Singapore and was on the infamous Burma railway but did survive (more or less)
My wife and I actually visited the camp he was at a few years ago on a visit to Thailand.
I don't know the vessel he came home on though.
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Peter Dixon
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Tue, 30 April 19 02:10

Hi my father was an official naval photographer during the war.he served on may ships from Scapa to the Med and at wars end in the mop up of the Japanese in Asia.these are his photos of that period.He passed at an early age ,in his early fifties.He was part of the fleet that came to Sydney in 1945 .and returning to the UK after the war on Vengeance.
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Peter Dixon
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Tue, 30 April 19 02:20

Some photos were taken in various Asian places ,Japan,Hongkong,Burma and possibly Ceylon.
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Old Janner
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Tue, 30 April 19 05:46

Japanese Brutality must never be forgotten.
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RHP
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Tue, 30 April 19 06:57

When I was a youngster one of our neighbours had been in a camp in Japan itself and he claims to have seen the Enola Gay bombers fly over in the distance then eventually the flash of the bomb at great distance. Didn't seem too sympathetic. My uncle flew Catalinas in the far east.
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Peter Dixon
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Tue, 30 April 19 07:45

My father went to Japan after the bombs were dropped have a few photos of the devastation.
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ThomasJohn
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Tue, 30 April 19 19:42

Peter, I went to Nagasaki last November. There are lots of photos there on display at the bomb site to show the schoolchildren and other visitors the devastation. I looked very hard but could see no photos of Pearl Harbour or any of these poor fellows from the ‘camps’ you have shown us above.
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Wallace Slough
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Tue, 30 April 19 19:49

Thanks for posting all these photos Peter as they're very interesting. The brutality of war and what human beings are capable of doing to one another is unimaginable.
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Peter Dixon
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Tue, 30 April 19 23:15

Thanks everyone for your comments.
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stein
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Sat, 4 May 19 05:03

The sea writer Alexander Hurst spent a large part of the war in different Japanese camps, and he points out that the Japanese soldier was not expected to ever surrender, and the treatment of enemy soldiers who did must be judged upon that background.
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Peter Dixon
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Mon, 6 May 19 19:01

On that basis only civilians should have survived the war,and signed surrender documents.
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stein
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Tue, 7 May 19 00:04

Hurst was at the end of the war suffering from Dysentery, as is probably what caused the emaciation of the man in the picture, and he ascribes his survival directly to the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bombs. He is far from praising the Japanese in any field, but is doubting the relevance in treating the Japanese according to European standards of morality. The use of the word “surrender” might be a slight misquote by me. The paragraph in question: “… the Allies tried the Japanese who had only the thinnest veneer of our beliefs! They should have been tried for what they were: they did not believe in becoming prisoners themselves; they had not signed the Hague Convention, in a state of total war, they had no obligation to make or retain prisoners at all. I often wondered why they did so, for prisoners are a drain on a country’s resources.” (From A. A. Hurst: "A succession of Days", Worcester 1992, page 319.)
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Peter Dixon
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Tue, 7 May 19 14:08

My view of the Japanese military of that period not the Japanese of today is that its a pitty that they didn't stick a sword in their stomach and slash themselves.Their behavior was appalling.The rape of Nangking comes to mind.
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