Andrew James John Mackenzie
an historiography
Home
Blog
Photos
CV
Contact Me
January, 2012
February, 2012
April, 2012
June, 2012
July, 2012
August, 2012
September, 2012
October, 2012
November, 2012
December, 2012
January, 2013
February, 2013
March, 2013
April, 2013
May, 2013
June, 2013
July, 2013
August, 2013
September, 2013
October, 2013
November, 2013
December, 2013
January, 2014
February, 2014
March, 2014
April, 2014
May, 2014
June, 2014
July, 2014
August, 2014
September, 2014
October, 2014
November, 2014
December, 2014
January, 2015
February, 2015
April, 2015
May, 2015
June, 2015
July, 2015
August, 2015
September, 2015
October, 2015
November, 2015
December, 2015
January, 2016
February, 2016
April, 2016
May, 2016
June, 2016
July, 2016
August, 2016
September, 2016
October, 2016
November, 2016
December, 2016
January, 2017
March, 2017
June, 2017
Island of Chichi Jima; an island of cannibalism during WW2



The horrors experienced during World War Two are well documented and spanned the entire global theatre of war. Whilst the atrocities experienced on the Eastern Front and during the Holocaust, utterly abhorrent though they were, are the most well-known. What is less acknowledged are the acts perpetrated by the Imperial Japanese military. Principally, there were acts of actual cannibalism on the island of Chichi Jima.

The island lies in the Pacific Ocean, about 150 miles north of Iwo Jima. At 24 square kilometres, it is the largest in a small chain of islands known as the Ogasawara archipelago. During the Second World War, the island was home to over 5,000 Imperial Japanese army and navy troops at the beginning of the war, increasing to 25,000 towards its end. It was also one of the major locations for the nation’s long ranging radio communication network and seaplane base. It posed a credible target, therefore, to US aerial bombardment in 1944 and 1945.

Over those two years, over a hundred US airmen were shot down. Of those that survived and were captured, nearly all were subjected to torture and a variety of death penalties. However, despite these extreme treatments, there were also far more horrific practices that they were subjected to.


Accounts have described that at least four servicemen were beheaded, and their livers and thigh muscles were later served up at banquets attended by senior Japanese officers. Indeed, one witness claimed during a war crimes trial that he saw one US serviceman beheaded as he was forced to kneel by an open grave.  Following this, his flesh, including the man’s liver, was served to Japanese officers for dinner.


Evidence collected at various war crimes trials culminated in the sentencing to death of Rear Admiral Kunizo Mori and Army Major General Yoshio Tachibana by hanging for their part in ordering these acts of murder and cannibalism.


Contemporaries were silenced from broadcasting these horrors at the time, as they were considered too distressing to the families of the dead men involved. These military files were classified as secret as a result.


---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


All copyrighted material used in this article or cited by this website is the property of their respective owners and ajjmackenzie.co.uk in no way accepts any responsibility for an infringement on one of the above.

<< Back Add New Comment
0 items total
Add New Comment
Name*
Subject*
Comment*
Please type the confirmation code you see on the image*
Reload image
HomeBlogPhotosCVContact Me