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Jun 4, 2017
off top of my head (feel free to add any details):
almost exactly three quarters of century ago, in the morning of June 4, 1942, in the area off Midway, two squadrons, under the command of McClusky, of dive bombers off the USS Enterprise were able to find, while low on fuel, the Japanese battle group and wreak havoc on it;
on the way back, many aircraft ran out of fuel, and their crews were never seen again

just wanted to briefly commemorate these particular events here
now want to commemorate the 76th anniversary, too

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CCTV.com celebrates the 73rd anniversary of the victory of the War of Resistance Against Japan

The Japanese Emperor announced the end of the war by broadcasting and announced the acceptance of the Potsdam Proclamation - unconditional surrender.

73 years ago, "August 15th", China was boiling!


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China marks 73rd anniversary of Japan's WWII surrender

Editor: Zhang Pengfei 丨Xinhua

08-16-2018 07:50 BJT

NANJING, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- A peace assembly was held Wednesday in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War II.

Representatives from countries, including China, Japan, the United States and Thailand, attended the event held in the Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders, mourning the 300,000 people who were killed in one of the most barbaric episodes of World War II.

Japanese invaders slaughtered about 300,000 Chinese during a six-week rampage after they captured the city, which was then China's capital, on Dec. 13, 1937.

Members of an anti-war NGO based in Japan's Kobe laid wreaths and paid tribute to the victims in silence. It was the 22nd time the group had attended the peace assembly in Nanjing.

"We choose to come to China to mark the event because Chinese people were the victims of the war and they deserve tribute and remembrance," said Miyauchi Yoko, head of the group.

"Ordinary people suffer the most in times of war," said a student from Thailand. "Everyone should make contributions to world peace."

Ge Daorong, a survivor of the massacre, was only 10 years old when Nanjing fell to the Japanese invaders.

During the massacre, he and his close family took refuge in a safety zone and survived the onslaught, but his three uncles did not.

"We look back at sad episodes of history in order to cherish today's peace," Ge said at a forum held after the assembly.

In northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, nearly 100 teenagers from China and Russia took part in a historical reenactment to mark the 73rd anniversary of Japan's surrender.

The activity was held at Shengshan Stronghold, a war relic that has now been turned into a base for patriotic education of young people from China and Russia.

"Both China and Russia suffered great losses during WWII," said Yulia Ablova, an education official in the Russian city of Blagoveshchensk and representative of the Russian youth delegation. "We need to remember the history and cherish the peace."

In the southwestern city of Chengdu, 1,207 hand prints of World War II Chinese veterans were donated Tuesday to the Jianchuan Museum Cluster, the largest private museum complex in China, to commemorate the anniversary.

The hand prints were from surviving soldiers in Hunan Province who fought during the Chinese People's War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression (1931-1945).

During the ceremony on Tuesday, Fan Jianchuan, curator of the Chengdu based museum, said that the veteran hand prints installation was expanding. More than 4,800 red hand prints have been imprinted on tempered glass slabs arranged in a V-shape to symbolize victory.

"Seventy-three years ago, these hands held broadswords and spears, threw hand grenades and buried landmines to safeguard our country and rescue our people," Fan said. "They should be remembered."

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Some US Mistakes Leading Up To and During WW2:

Not being more prepared. Germany invaded Poland in 1939. Japan invaded China in 1939. We didn't enter the war until the end of 1941 and we were somehow still not ready.

The admirals never tested the newer torpedo's and didn't believe the submarine commanders when they told them the torpedo's didn't work until one year into the war.

The US army doctrine of using tanks to scout ahead and call in tank "destroyers" to fight enemy tanks.

The US navy doctrine that submarines were only to scout ahead for battleships.

The US navy doctrine that battleships were more powerful than aircraft carriers even though Army General Mitchell proved to them that aircraft could sink a battleship.

Not realizing the potential of the P-51. It first flew one year before Pearl Harbor yet even when the war started the US still did not improve the P-51 with the Merlin engine until the British showed them and even then they did not produce the P-51 in large numbers until late 1943. The P-51 was the only allied fighter that could escort bombers to Berlin and back.

Invading Normandy instead of Brittany where the Germans had no shore defenses.

Invading all of the Pacific Islands that provided nothing and cost about 30,000 US troops their lives. Only Guam, Tinian, and Saipan were necessary. Taking Iwo Jima is debateable. Okinawa was not necessary.

Producing medium bombers. They couldn't accurately hit anything and didn't carry enough bombs to do any real damage to any target.

The US Army Air corp did not have any dive bombers to accurately hit targets like the German Stuka. We would have lost the Battle of Midway if it was not for the US Navy dive bombers even though we knew where the Japanese carriers were going to be.

Not moving submarines from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Germany didn't have much of a navy. Something like 30 US submarines sat in Atlantic ports during the war.

Not having a very long range naval fighter like a naval version P-51.

Not realizing that the destroyers did not have enough anti-aircraft guns on them until after Pearl Harbor (they increased the guns to 13).

Not upgunning the M4 Sherman tank with the 90 mm gun or 17 pounder (like the British did) during the war.

Not improving the bazooka round so that it could actually take out a tank like the German Panzerfaust.

Not having amphibious assault vehicles for the Normandy invasion.

Not understanding that a very large radar contact is an attacking force.

Not using aircraft decoys made of wood on the airfields.

Allowing aircraft to be destroyed on the ground at Wake Island even though you have 30 minutes notice of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and 9 hours notice to prepare in the Philippines.