Germans also observed that Allied artillery badly interfered with German supply efforts. "The American, at their very core, are materialistic animals. Americans have a deep rooted racism towards us Japanese, For example, in 1924 a survey was conducted on the sentiment towards the anti-japanese law. In the Eastern states it was 5%, in the middle states it was 50%, and in the southern states it was 50%, and in the Western states it was 80%. On top of a sort of anti-american sentiment born as a reaction from the Modern racism that was experienced by Japanese immigrants. According to Richard Aldrich, who has published a study of the diaries kept by United States and Australian soldiers, they sometimes massacred prisoners of war. When World War II came to a close, and American soldiers went back home, the members of these cargo cults continued to worship these modern gods. The T-38 was a 6.5mm weapon which appeared in both 'long' and 'short' models -- though at 44 inches, even the 'short' type was pretty unwieldy for short Japanese soldiers in the thick jungle. German soldiers noticed that, “as a rule, an attack is preceded by a strong artillery preparation in which the Americans employ all calibers, including their heaviest.” In a letter home, a German veteran of the Sicily campaign wrote that that these barrages could be utterly terrifying. Now, as for how the Americans were viewed. Looks like you're using new Reddit on an old browser. "挑むアメリカ" "Challenging America". I was thinking of asking this someday. How did the Japanese military viewed the Americans WW2? Please read our rules before posting in the future, thank you. World War II was the deadliest military conflict in history.An estimated total of 70–85 million people perished, or about 3% of the 1940 world population (est. And you get this huge hodgepodge of ridicule, hate, and sense of superiority towards the Americans. For those serving on the mainland, individual commanders were given the option of discharging Japanese American soldiers or assigning them to "harmless duties." At least initially, Germans regarded British and American soldiers (especially Americans) as somewhat amateurish, although their opinion of American, British, and Empire troops grew as the war progressed. American troops also witnessed a different atrocity as they saw women grabbing children and jumping from cliffs … This was particularly true during the Normandy campaign. I'm going to paraphrase what they say in there. Tom again: Still, I think the Pacific war, conducted on remote islands where the enemy would fight to the death, probably was the tougher … February 1, 1943 Life Magazine of japanese skull .p.27. German certainly saw shortcomings in the ways the Allied used infantry. One German veteran said he only saw 2 German planes during the entire Sicily campaign! There is no documentary evidence … Yet Allied soldiers could also command a great deal of respect. It's been a while since I've read it but [John?] One German veteran of Monte Cassino criticized the Allies’ poor use of camouflage, saying: "they [Allied infantry] are very negligent about seeking concealment, and therefore can be seen most of the time.” He also pointed out flaws in Allied uniforms, noting that: "the net cover on the helmets of Allied soldiers permits us to see the outline of the helmet distinctly, and at a considerable distance, in the daytime.” The soldier felt German camouflage discipline, with some notable exceptions, was usually better. One German soldier captured in a British nighttime raid praised the skill and courage with which the British attack had been executed. Deaths directly caused by the war (including military and civilians fatalities) are estimated at 50–56 million, with an additional estimated 19–28 million deaths from war-related disease and famine. This book was written in 1940, in it it also has a chapter that deals with Americans, this time with a much harsher tone. Hi there! Most of them moved away until three were left living in the jungle. To them, sports, jazz, love, gambling, gaming, is all they know. During the early years of World War II, Japanese Americans were forcibly relocated from their homes in the West Coast because military leaders and public opinion combined to fan unproven fears of sabotage. Tojo said that the US Navy in Pearl Harbor was like a gun pointed to Japan's head. Following a long tradition of pseudo-science, American propaganda typically portrayed the Japanese as "little yellow monkeys". You wrote: "Although in battle they may win, our enemies are cowards that are more afraid than the Chinese soldiers, with the thinking that gathering as much tanks and planes will win them the war. It's also worth discussing German reactions towards Allied firepower. Two of them died, leaving Yokoi alone for the next 8 years. Numerous images from the campaign show German soldiers anxious watching the skies, ready to bail out the moment Allied fighter-bombers appeared overhead. The sexuality of the German Soldiers in WW2. ....America is shallow, it is morally corrupt. America does not have culture, nor noble traditions. Daniel H. Setzer, 2006, "A Battalion Commander Looks Us Over" from Intelligence Bulletin, January 1945, "A German's Reaction to a British Night Attack" from Intelligence Bulletin, June 1944, "German Soldier Describes Terror of Sicily Retreat" from Intelligence Bulletin, Nov. 1943, "What Jerry Thinks of Us... and Himself" from Intelligence Bulletin, Dec. 1944. I apologize for being on my phone right now and unable to provide all the details to my source material but I promise to update it later. "Americans are people we must watch. With that said, it's even-handed enough to be generally trustworthy. Americanism is a poison upon their society.". They do not realize when an objective can be taken; consequently, attacking troops often turn back just before they reach their objective.”. After the end of World War II, however, documents on the system were destroyed by Japanese officials, so the numbers are based on estimates by historians that rely on a variety of extant documents. Here's another book on Americans from the period "アメリカを観て何を教へられたか" "What can we learn by looking at America". /*# sourceMappingURL=https://www.redditstatic.com/desktop2x/chunkCSS/TopicLinksContainer.361933014be843c79476.css.map*/._2ppRhKEnnVueVHY_G-Ursy{-ms-flex-align:center;align-items:center;display:-ms-flexbox;display:flex;margin:22px 0 0;min-height:200px;overflow:hidden;position:relative}._2KLA5wMaJBHg0K2z1q0ci_{margin:0 -7px -8px}._1zdLtEEpuWI_Pnujn1lMF2{bottom:0;position:absolute;right:52px}._3s18OZ_KPHs2Ei416c7Q1l{margin:0 0 22px;position:relative}.LJjFa8EhquYX8xsTnb9n-{filter:grayscale(40%);position:absolute;top:11px}._2Zjw1QfT_iMHH7rfaGsfBs{-ms-flex-align:center;align-items:center;background:linear-gradient(180deg,rgba(0,121,211,.24),rgba(0,121,211,.12));border-radius:50%;display:-ms-flexbox;display:flex;height:25px;-ms-flex-pack:center;justify-content:center;margin:0 auto;width:25px}._2gaJVJ6_j7vwKV945EABN9{background-color:var(--newCommunityTheme-button);border-radius:50%;height:15px;width:15px;z-index:1} “[I] like the American soldier individually but do not like the nation as a whole…America entered the war for what money she could get … The book was written in 1938. The Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism During World War II honors those Japanese Americans who endured humiliation and rose above adversity to serve their country during one of this nation's great trials. "This thing is useful" "This thing is not useful" is their only thought when considering. The POW asserted that American soldiers shot wildly at suspected German positions, avoided close combat, and tended to avoid aggressive action. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, More posts from the AskHistorians community. The Japanese Army during World War II committed many crimes against humanity that were ordered by the government and high command. Skull from WWII casualty to be buried in grave for Japanese unknown soldiers Stars and Stripes. Although as time progressed, these coordination problems appeared to have been resolved somewhat. “Aus Meiner Sicht (From My View),”._2JU2WQDzn5pAlpxqChbxr7{height:16px;margin-right:8px;width:16px}._3E45je-29yDjfFqFcLCXyH{margin-top:16px}._13YtS_rCnVZG1ns2xaCalg{font-family:Noto Sans,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-weight:400;line-height:18px;display:-ms-flexbox;display:flex}._1m5fPZN4q3vKVg9SgU43u2{margin-top:12px}._17A-IdW3j1_fI_pN-8tMV-{display:inline-block;margin-bottom:8px;margin-right:5px}._5MIPBF8A9vXwwXFumpGqY{border-radius:20px;font-size:12px;font-weight:500;letter-spacing:0;line-height:16px;padding:3px 10px;text-transform:none}._5MIPBF8A9vXwwXFumpGqY:focus{outline:unset} The Panzergrenadier captured at Cassino told his interrogators that a “great distance between Allied armored units and infantry was apparent almost every time. In some cases, artillery fire alone was enough to force German soldiers to retreat from their positions. Allied command of the air made Allied artillery even more dangerous. However, American technology and industrial might (magic) gave them an unfair military advantage that made them a force to be reckoned with. That is how the Americans truly view us. The T-38 was in service with the Imperial Japanese Army from 1906 to 1945. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts, Moderator | Modern Guerrilla | Counterinsurgency, "A German's Reaction to a British Night Attack", "German Soldier Describes Terror of Sicily Retreat". "米國人の友情―意地惡き姑" "Friendship of Americans, the jealous aunt". The intensity of Allied artillery fire lead to some telling German nicknames like the Wagnerian Feuerzaube ("fire magic") or the more industrial automatische artillerie ("automatic artillery"). Some of these sentiments do reflect greatly in the civilian population, and add on top of that American racism towards the Japanese. The same soldier also noted that Allied infantrymen could be overly cautious and tended to “bunch up too much when they move against their objectives.” American soldiers earned special criticism. It appears that British units, unlike American ones tended to be better at night fighting and did a great deal more of it. They do not have a spiritual culture, or any culture with regards to their nation. Our victory is assured, the only problem is how to make that win better". In 1944 when they lost the Battle of Guam, he and 9 other holdouts went into hiding. As the war progressed, many of the young Nisei, Japanese immigrants' children who were born with American citizenship, volunteered or were drafted to serve in the … Although I cannot give you a general sense, because let's be honest, generalizing an entire population is stupid, but here are a couple quotes from books from the 1930s. Thank you so much for writing all of this out, I enjoyed reading all of it and it was interesting to learn, much appreciated, so thank you! It appears that British units, unlike American ones tended to be better at night fighting and did a great deal more of it. The Portal for Public History Yet Allied soldiers could also command a great deal of respect. German infantryman Werner Mork recounted that Ghurkas “were feared for their daggers [khukri knives] that they would use in hand to hand combat. The Portal for Public History If something does not provide immediate use, they would think "Nonsense!". Some Allied units earned fearsome reputations. In July 1944, American troops in Saipan bore witness to a “banzai” charge, where nearly 4,000 Japanese soldiers charged American troops and fought to their death. In contrast to the Germans who were usually described as a decent people under the evil influence of Nazism, the Japanese were considered to be entirely bad and worthy of complete eradication. One of the ways we can look at that is to look for a published book by the Japanese army immediately after the outbreak of the Pacific theater. Not as a friend where they seem to look like, but an enemy.". But I was surprised to find that even children of Japanese war brides on the West Coast — with its deeply embedded Asian communities — did not think of themselves as especially Japanese American. The same soldier also noted that Allied infantrymen could be overly cautious and tended to “bunch up too much when they move against their objectives.” American soldiers earned special criticism. As it comes, the Military command viewed the Americans as people who are used to a good life, and thus should not be able to take it when the war drags on and their standard of life goes down. There was also a good amount of Japanese supremacy built into the education system. Thirty-seven percent of residents were of Japanese descent, including 37,000 Issei (Japanese-born people who were not eligible for citizenship) and 121,000 Japanese American citizens. U.S. military rapes. In contrast, the Japanese viewed themselves as a civilizing force of underdogs rallying the support of the rest of Asia to protect it from American savagery. Germans observed that Allied spotter planes were a common (and unwelcome) presence overhead. Beyond a doubt, No nation in WW2 had soldiers of such fanatical devotion in her service as Japan did, who actively sought out Gyokusai (Glorious death). By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. Five years later, after the Communist victory, 1,100 were sent back to China for "re- … In this chapter it specifically describes Americans as the jealous aunt who although befriended a young nephew (Japan), but couldn't let him become something bigger because of jealously. One German soldier captured in a British nighttime raid praised the skill and courage with which the British attack had been executed. Training and morale of Japanese soldiers. They would have problems of where to spend money" The book was actually a book that praises america, but still fails to grasp the basic understanding of American society. Dower's War Without Mercy analyzes Japanese propaganda to come up with a depiction of Americans being dirty, uncivilized barbarians demons oni who despite this were very good at magic (ie technology). If the Japanese high command thought that Americans were cowards, why did they think that America would attack? And then we have this book "亜細亜民族と太平洋" "The Asian race and the Pacific". Another German soldier noted that they were “using the night for much of their activity, and have achieved a great deal of success,” and that Allied (probably British) machine gunners “use their machine-gun fire very effectively at night” to pin down German troops. Edit for source: War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War, John W. Dower. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. By 1945, at least one German observer noted that many American infantry attacks had some form of close support by tanks (or tank destroyers). September 13, 2010: Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada apologized to a group of six former American soldiers who during World War II were held as prisoners of war by the Japanese, including 90-year-old Lester Tenney, a survivor of the Bataan Death March in 1942. ... Otto Funk and his unit in Normandy; Hitler’s doctor Karl Brandt. German soldiers were consistently impressed with American and British artillery and airpower. Please read the rules before participating, as we remove all comments which break the rules. "America is not a poor country, indeed, in contrary to the Japanese society where we had to work hard and sweat for each meal. "American and British citizens live in high standard quality of life, with the war coming and their living standard dropping there will come a pain with them, once we crushed their hope to achieve victory, social collapse should be imminent and moral in the general population should come.". We Germans rely on you to make these mistakes.” In other cases, American troops bunched up too closely with the armor, limiting their ability to effectively support the tanks. When Allied observers could see German supply lines, they could call in devastatingly effective artillery fire that forced the Germans to stealthily bring up small quantities of supplies at night. The book was written in 1939, pre-war. Now, that should give you the basic reasons. Answers must be in-depth and comprehensive, or they will be removed. Allied air superiority meant Allied planes could roam the skies at will. 2.3 billion). I remember the history channel showed the Japanese war crimes tribunal. Second-generation Japanese Americans, called Nisei, were also looked upon with suspicion, and men of draft age were forbidden from joining the armed forces and serving the … Here's the excerpt on Americans. They, and in particular FDR, were often depicted in the way African savages and witch doctors were portrayed in contemporary western comics, wearing bone piercings through their noses and ears and half naked. The 442nd Infantry Regiment was an infantry regiment of the United States Army.The regiment is best known for its history as a fighting unit composed almost entirely of second-generation American soldiers of Japanese ancestry who fought in World War II.Beginning in 1944, the regiment fought primarily in the European Theatre, in particular Italy, southern France, and … A number of firsthand accounts, including those of American servicemen involved in or witness to the atrocities, attest to the taking of "trophies" from the corpses of Imperial Japanese troops in the Pacific Theater during World War II. (This did, unfortunately, have some elements of reality, as Allied troops did semi-frequently take "war trophies" like skulls and fingers from dead Japanese soldiers). /*# sourceMappingURL=https://www.redditstatic.com/desktop2x/chunkCSS/ReredditLink.f7b66a91705891e84a09.css.map*/ by Werner Mork, trans. American propaganda towards the Japanese is worth noting as well. 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