I only came across this story by chance. Not only were the Axis powers cruel to the people of the countries they had invaded, sometimes they were also cruel to the people of their Axis partners.I don’t know if the Germans killed great numbers of Japanese citizens but the Japanese definitely did not hold back against the German citizens.
In World War II, Akikaze performed patrol and convoy escort duties. At the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Akikaze (assigned to Destroyer Division 34 of the IJN 11th Air Fleet) was based at Takao, and provided air sea rescue support for the “Operation M” (the Japanese invasion of the Philippines, and escort of convoys to Davao and Legazpi.
From January to the end of April 1942, Akikaze was based at Davao, escorting shipping between Davao and Ambon. After a brief return to Maizuru for repairs in May 1942, Akikaze was…
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