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Film of the Allied Forces and Japanese signing documents to end WWII

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Richland123, Apr 23, 2015.

  1. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    This historical film is the footage of the Allied Forces and Japanese signing documents to end the Pacific Theater of Operations of WWII.

    If you are a history buff, you will find this interesting. General McArthur's voice is a
    rarity in these old film clips. This is an actual film made of the surrender ceremony of the Japanese to McArthur in Tokyo Bay in September 1945.

    Japanese Sign Final Surrender 日本の降伏 - YouTube
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  2. JFOC


    Oct 23, 2010
    new hampShire
    Aboard the USS Missouri. Cool clip

    I watch alot of History documentarys, one I saw recently talked about how MacArthur assigned the tallest MPs he could find to welcome the japanese delagates, all 6' 2" or more
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  3. Gravedigger Dav

    Gravedigger Dav Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2014
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Thanks for posting that. I had an uncle, Chief Warrant Officer James Campbell, who was on the Missouri and was on deck to see the ceremony.
  4. BboogieXVII


    Feb 4, 2013
    I wonder if Dan Akroyd studied MacArthur as he very much sounds like him in the Blues Brothers movies.
  5. sparkyfender2


    Nov 25, 2013
    Very cool!
  6. Stewie26

    Stewie26 Supporting Member

    I also read that he had over 1000 planes fly overhead during the same day that the surrender took place . Sounds like he wanted to flex some muscle.
  7. PJ Muzikmansky

    PJ Muzikmansky

    Jan 4, 2013

    Thank you my friend, it's good to see that again. A solemn moment indeed.

    I've often wondered what thoughts the Japanese representatives might have had on this particular occasion.

    I'd like to think it was something like..... "what the hell were we thinking..."
  8. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    Lost Wages, Nevada
    That's exactly what one of the Japanese representatives was thinking. In the "World At War" documentary, Toshikazu Kase, The Foreign Minister's assistant, said that "As I looked at the giant ship, the thousands of sailors, and all the Allied officers, glittering with gold, I wondered how Japan ever thought they could defeat all those countries". He's the young man in the top hat, who comes on board the Missouri at about 2:08 in that film. And I think he was probably not the only one, either.:)
  9. PJ Muzikmansky

    PJ Muzikmansky

    Jan 4, 2013
    Thanks. It's nice to know that he had some sense after all...
  10. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    I love the way MacArthur sported a 50 mission crush.

    Great as he was, he also learned that no matter how big you may be, you still have a boss to answer to.

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