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Japanese Pictorial
GRENADE
Headquarters IX Corps Apo 309(続き)

「AOMORI」
. . .
Just before Japan’s surrender this metropolis of northern Japan received
its first taste of war – a fire bomb attack by 20th Airforce
Superfortresses. Warned of the raid in advance by plane-dropped
leaflets, most of the inhabitants had evacuated the city, but even so,
there were numerous causalities.
Aomori, its war-making potentialities crippled, was again forgotten
until Japan surrendered.
Under the direction of 8th army and IX Corps, the 81st Division made
an amphibious landing at Aomori on September 25. No resistance was
encountered, and the troops waded ashore to gaze on the blackened,
twisted ruins of a city gutted by fire.
Aomori was completely devastated. Except for a dozen or so
2-or-3 story concrete buildings, some of them were blackened shells,
not a home or building was left standing – entire city had been reduced
to piles of rubble. . . . (p. 16)

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