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Minoru Kawamoto oral history interview, part 3 of 5, June 3, 2008
Kawamoto talks about dropping off Korean soldiers at the front lines. He describes his first time in combat. He discusses a strategic meeting with top officials. He describes his platoon's travel through China using a map. He describes the Japanese Army's strategy using a map. He talks about being outnumbered by Allied forces. He discusses the red line and his journey to the coast on this route. He talks about the confusion about the end of World War Two. He explains the use of villagers as porters. He explains how a young man was murdered because he was mistaken as a guerrilla soldier. He talks about "girl hunting" and brothels. He discusses being on the run from Allied forces. He describes the final days of World War Two. Kawamoto talks about the Japanese Army's attempts to change strategies. He explains an encounter with a barrier at Nanking, China. He discusses forfeiting weapons. He briefly talks about his time in Shanghai. He talks about a surrender ceremony. He describes China's treatment of Prisoners of War. He discusses the shortcomings of the Japanese Army. He shares his feelings about the end of World War Two. He briefly talks about his return to Japan.
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Kawamoto, Minoru: narrator, Yuge, Tim: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Minoru Kawamoto oral history interview, part 3 of 5, June 3, 2008,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed March 25, 2023, https://ndajams.omeka.net/items/show/1054942.