„The battle is approaching its end. Since the enemy’s landing, even the gods would weep at the bravery of the officers and men under my command. … [My] men died one by one, and I regret very much that I have allowed the enemy to occupy a piece of Japanese territory.“

Radio message to Imperial Japanese Army's vice chief of staff.

Última actualización 22 de Mayo de 2020. Historia

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