Thursday, March 23, 2017
Further with extracts and my commentary WW2 headlines from:
"THE NEW YORK TIMES
COMPLETE WORLD WAR II
The Coverage of the Entire Conflict"
Headlines: "COVERAGE from the BATTLE FIELD to the HOME FRONT"
February 16, 1945.
"JAPANESE EXPECT TO WIN, POLL FINDS"
"Concede Our Industrial Might but Put Faith in Japan's 'Spirtual superiority'"
By ROBERT TRUMBULL
By Wireless to The New York Times.
"Saipan, Feb. 15 - - What does the average Japanese feel and think - - about the war, about the United States, about democracy?"
Japanese civilians as captured by U.S. military forces subjected to "polling". That such a thing was even done was a surprise to me.
"To get the answer to questions such as these, language officers on Saipan conducted a poll in Camp Suspe, where 13,241 Japanese on Saipan are housed."
Some results of the polling found to be very surprising:
"the poll discloses contradictory habits of thought that American officers have found to be characteristic of the Oriental enemy here and elsewhere."
* "SOME NEVER HEARD OF U.S."
* "FEAR A MAJOR FACTOR"
* "LONG WAR PREDICTED"
Saipan the first time large numbers of Japanese civilians encountered and captured by American forces during the various island-hopping campaigns of the Second World War. Many Japanese civilians on the island committing suicide, "death before dishonor" and that sort of thing.