On the Road to VJ Day

August 15 marks the 75th Anniversary of VJ Day. John G Teasdale looks at some of the US amphibious vehicles that played a role in war

To say that the officers of the Kwantung Army were hot-headed would be an understatement. It was largely due to them that Japan would become embroiled in World War Two. The Kwangtung Army was the part of Japan’s Imperial Army charged with the occupation of Korea, a Japanese protectorate since the Russian Japanese War of 1904-1905 and annexed in 1910. The northern part of Korea was rich in minerals, and the southern part a major food producer. Resource-poor Japan needed both. However, Korea was not enough for the officers of the Kwantung Army, who wanted more – lots more.

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