Saturday, August 3, 2013

Aug

3

1943

A Japanese soldier faces up to a lost campaign

Aerial photograph of Vila Airfield on Kolombangara taken by a U.S. Navy at low level, circa August 1943.

Everybody picked coconuts. The enemy was hurriedly constructing an aireld opposite us. We could see them so clearly that it seemed we could have touched them. It only meant that more air attacks were in store for us. Our lives were worthless, for there was no order for withdrawal after all. I have come to hate the men who cause wars. The withdrawal order didn’t come through tonight either.