China and Japan After the Doolittle Raid


18 Apr 2014, Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, China --- (140418) -- HARBIN, April 18, 2014 (Xinhua) -- Photo taken on April 18, 2014 shows the ruins of a Unit 731 boiler building in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province. Unit 731 was a Harbin-based biological and chemical warfare research unit of the Japanese army during WWII. The Unit 731 facility ruins in Harbin are evidences of the wartime atrocities committed by Japanese invaders in China. Unit 731 members conducted a series of human experiments which subjected victims to vivisections, germ war attacks, weapon tests and other forms of torture. April 18 is the International Day for Monuments and Sites. Its theme for 2014 is "heritage for commemoration". (Xinhua/Wang Kai) (lmm) --- Image by © Wang Kai/Xinhua Press/Corbis

After the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo, the punishment that Japanese forces doled out in China for their part in helping the U.S. was brutal and devastating. From terror occupations to biological warfare, many of China's towns were systematically destroyed.

The ruins of a Unit 731 boiler building in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province. Image by © Wang Kai/Xinhua Press/Corbis

Topics in this Podcast: Chinese history, 20th century, torture, China, Japan, World War II, Asian history, wwii