American Eagles - American Volunteers RAF

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22 This kind of treatment shocked the Americans, but they soon learned how to deal with their Japanese and Korean captors, some more successfully than others. 24 If a prisoner could not avoid the Japanese, which was all too often the case, he had to follow the rules as closely as possible. You know you’re going to have to do it because if you don’t do it, then they was going to be rough on you. I just made up my mind that if they tell me to do something, I’m going to try to do it . . [the Japanese] don’t bluff you at all .

23 Last, they could accept the fact that they had been defeated and submit to the Japanese as prisoners of war. Although this option certainly did not appeal to them either, given the circumstances, it proved to be the only practical choice. Japanese control of the island precluded any serious thought of continuing the battle. 24 The men simply had no other place to go. 26 The rapid loss of Java came as a shock to the Texans. Though they were not adequately trained or armed, at the time they did not believe that the Defense of Java and Capitulation 27 military situation warranted surrender.

In keeping with the multinational character of the command, ABDACOM divided areas of military responsibility according to nationality. Lt. Gen. George H. S. Army Air Corps served as deputy commander of ABDACOM, and Adm. Thomas C. Hart received command of ABDAFLOAT, the combined naval forces in the region. 6 The state of the Dutch East Indies army (KNIL) on Java also created problems for the island’s defenders. 7 Equally as problematic, the KNIL, with twenty-five thousand men, the largest Allied force on Java, was predominantly Javanese in 1942, with European Dutch serving largely as officers over the poorly trained and 24 Hell under the Rising Sun poorly equipped Javanese troops.

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