Pacific War Trials – part one

We think we live in terrible times what with Covid etc but actually World War II and its aftermath were not easy by any means.

Pacific Paratrooper

Yamashita at his trial.

One of the most monumental surrenders in the Pacific War was General Tomoyuki Yamashita.

General Tomoyuki Yamashita as he led his staff officers of the 14th Area Army to surrender, 2 Sept. 1945. He did not believe in hara-kiri. He said, “If I kill myself, someone else will have to take the blame.”

Just as the Japanese surrenders occurred in different places and on different dates, so were the trials. The regulations used differed and the criminal charges varied. Preparations for the war crimes started early in mid-1942 due to the heinous reports coming out of China during the Japanese invasion in 1937. The home front recollections of these proceedings might differ from the facts stated here because of the media slant at the time and sensationalism.

Trial correspondents

Often, the stories were even inaccurate, such as in Time magazine, the writer ranted about Yamashita’s brutality…

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Additions to My Family Tree

Image of a 16th century man (from

Here is Sir John Sadler, Clerk of Courts and Liveries. He was born in 1515, lived in Hackney, London, and died in 1587, in Standon Herefordshire. He was my 11th Great Grandfather

His father was Sir Henry Knight Banneret Sadler, 1480-1517. His wife was Lady Margaret Cromwell, 1485-1517.