Nanking Massacre Research Paper

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The Imperial Japanese Army was known for being a very strong power that demanded its respect. Formed in 1871, the Imperial Army had many smart and dedicated officials that helped lead the troops to many victories. Getting involved in the Second World War, the Imperial Army helped Adolf Hitler to terrorize the whole Eastern side of the world, as well as cause a great disturbance in the United States with the bombing of Pearl Harbor. One criminal act performed by the Imperial Army was the Nanking Massacre. Commonly referred to as The Rape of Nanking, this act of violence went largely unknown to the Western world, and is not often discussed. The Imperial Japanese Army was a brutal force to reckon with because of their strong leadership and they left an everlasting legacy of destruction on the world. On December 13, 1937 Japanese troops stormed into Nanking China which, in that time, was the capital. "It was my father who went to open the door and the Japanese soldiers, with guns already loaded, shot my father as soon as he opened up” (Xia Shuqin…show more content…
Many generals in the army came together in an act of leadership, to plan how they would take over China, and affect its future forever. The Nanking Massacre wouldn’t have been terrifyingly impactful if it weren’t for the meticulous planning and execution of their horrific ideas. “Hirohito's uncle, Prince Asaka issued the order to "Kill all captives" was thus the main architect of the gendercide against Nanking's men” (Adam Jones N/a). Prince Asaka was accused multiple times along with General Matsui. Matsui although, was the only one tried at the International Military Tribunal; where as Asaka was safe because he was granted immunity for any war crimes trial because of his royal family. Although it is impossible to blame one person for these crimes, it was too easy for us to forget the horror that happened within those six

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