View topic - Army Photographers & Kamikaze pilots
I'd like to ask some questions on WWII.
How were army photographers chosen (especially those during the Philippine campaign in 1941 - 1942)? Were these army photographers also soldiers? Professional photographers? Or simply soldiers given cameras? Were they required to fight or were they simply there to take pictures?
And for the Kamikaze pilots especially those launched within the Philippines, were they all veterans or were some rookie pilots? And how were they chosen? Of course, several volunteered, but I also read about pilots being given a piece of paper and told to mark O if they volunteer and X if not.
Can anyone clear me up on this? Thanks!
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I should think using kamikaze pilots was a very extreme and desperate measure for the Japanese forces. However, it was to them considered an honour to sacrifice themselves in the name of their Emperor(due to large amounts of great devotion and loyalty), and it was also proven a very effective method. (Death of one pilot to death of allied soldiers ratio > very efficient)
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As for the photographers, possibly like the Germans had, special units were attached assigned by the propaganda ministry to film and photograph seemingly heroic displays to be then spoon fed to the masses.
Soldiers did have there own cameras and did take photos. Wonderful when contradicting to both the German and Japanese testimonies during the war crimes tribunal attempting to play down atrocities committed.
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