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Here be cannibals!!
That the Japanese troops during the Second World War [WW2] engaged in cannibalism I was aware of. Those instances of human flesh consumed far more numerous than what I would have imagined.
From the book "Flyboys" by James Bradley:
MOST SECRET [as of 1944].
Lieutenants think tactics, generals think logistics. So is the adage. Supplying the fuel, the beans and the bullets to the troops. Placing the combatants in the field and sustaining them for a prolonged period!
In this regard, sustaining troops "for a prolonged period", the Japanese general staff during that era of the Second World War [WW2] must rate as exceedingly poor quartermasters. Negligent almost beyond belief.
Japanese soldiers during offensive operations expected to obtain local supply. Meaning either: 1. Capture rations from enemy stockpiles, 2. Commandeer food from the local inhabitants.
Japanese troops unable to obtain "local supply" often subjected to a prolonged period of hunger as a consequence resorting to cannibalism !
"Of those 157,646 sons of Japan sent to New Guinea, only 10,072 survived. Allied bullets killed relatively few. The vast majority were felled by disease and starvation."
Starvation! The only [?] reasonable recourse for the Japanese soldier as a consequence the consumption of human flesh!
"MOST SECRET [to] all force commanders 'Recently, offenses, especially murder, robbery and the acquisition of human flesh have been frequent within the detachments jurisdiction and this had a great influence on the army's morale . . . Those who have consumed human flesh (excluding enemy's) knowing that it is human flesh, will be sentenced to death as for the worst human crime' - - Major General Kikutaro Aotsu, commanding general of the Forty-first Infantry Group 18 November, 1944."
Fighting in the tropics posing severe problems for military medical personnel. Casualties from tropical disease usually about fourteen times as many as those casualties from battlefield death and wounding.
HUNGER, STARVATION AND MALNUTRITION ONLY EXACERBATING A DIFFICULT SITUATION, THAT INDIVIDUAL SOLDIER THAT MUCH MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO CONTRACTING ILLNESS. THAT HUMAN IMMUNE SYSTEM GREATLY REDUCED IN EFFECTIVENESS!