Toilet Paper

When I first started doing my blogs I never though I would be writing about toilet paper one day, but due this upsurge in the fascination with toilet paper , caused by the Covid 19 crisis, I felt compelled to have a quick look at the history of toilet paper. Below are just some keyContinue reading “Toilet Paper”

May 21 not a good day for Monarchs

Throughout history the 21st if May has not been kind to many royals, it appears that a high number of Kings,Queens and emperors perished this day. Since the calendar has changed a bit some of the earlier records are estimated to have been on May 21. Emperor Da of Wu (literally “Great Emperor of Wu”),Continue reading “May 21 not a good day for Monarchs”

The Nanking Massacre-The Rape of Nanking

+++++ Contains Graphic Images++++++ Officially World War II started on September 3 1939,but in all earnestly it had really already started in 1937 with Japan attacking China. We often hear about the atrocities committed by the Nazi regime, however the Japanese were as brutal if not more brutal and evil. The Nanking Massacre was anContinue reading “The Nanking Massacre-The Rape of Nanking”

USS Panay incident-Act of war before the war.

A bright Sunday in December Japanese planes blazed out of the sky to strafe and bomb an American warship while it lay at anchor. You’d be forgiven to think this was the Pearl Harbor attack, but you’d be wrong. The sinking of the USS Panay is pretty much forgotten now. But it was one of theContinue reading “USS Panay incident-Act of war before the war.”

Hisao Tani-Japanese War Criminal

Tani was born 22 December 1882 in Okayama Prefecture. He graduated from the 15th class of the Imperial Japanese Army Academy in 1903 and from the 24th class of the Army War College, where he became an instructor in 1924. The College used his texts on strategy and tactics as required readings. He saw serviceContinue reading “Hisao Tani-Japanese War Criminal”

St. Stephen’s College massacre-Japanese Hong Kong atrocity

The St. Stephen’s College massacre  involved a series of acts of extreme cruelty committed by the Imperial Japanese Army on 25 December 1941 during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong at St. Stephen’s College. Several hours before the British surrendered on Christmas day at the end of the Battle of Hong Kong, Japanese soldiers entered St. Stephen’s College, which was being used as a hospitalContinue reading “St. Stephen’s College massacre-Japanese Hong Kong atrocity”

The evil of Japan during WWII

Many people forget that the Japanese war crimes were as bad if not worse then those committed by the Nazi’s albeit it on a marginal lesser scale. Beside the crimes and experiment committed by Unit 731 there were a great number of other atrocities, including cannibalism. https://dirkdeklein.net/2016/07/01/unit-731-japanese-wwii-experiments/   In “The Knights of Bushido”, Lord RussellContinue reading “The evil of Japan during WWII”

Dr.Shirō Ishii-the time when evil went unpunished.

+++++++++++CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES++++++++++++++ Surgeon General Shirō Ishii ( June 25, 1892 – October 9, 1959) was a Japanese army medical officer, microbiologist and the director of Unit 731, a biological warfare unit of the Imperial Japanese Army  involved in forced and frequently lethal human experimentation during the Second Sino-Japanese War and WWII. https://dirkdeklein.net/2016/07/01/unit-731-japanese-wwii-experiments/ Torture techniques conjured up in medievalContinue reading “Dr.Shirō Ishii-the time when evil went unpunished.”

Captain John Morrison Birch

One could argue that World War 2 actually never ended. Sure ,when Japan surrendered on the 15th of August in theory the war ended. Bur only 2 days after Sukarno and Mohammad Hatta proclaim the independence of Indonesia,     igniting the Indonesian National Revolution against the Dutch Empire, also involving the Australians and the British.Continue reading “Captain John Morrison Birch”

Forgotten History-The Bombing of Chongqing

Very little is know in the west about WWII in China except for the fact that it really started before anywhere else.One could argue that the start of the Second Sino-Japanese War at July 1937 was really the start of WWII in Asia. One could also argue that the first mass atrocities of WWII started atContinue reading “Forgotten History-The Bombing of Chongqing”