JAPAN: Heroes

Some time ago Japanese submarine No. 43 went down with all hands. Intensive efforts were made to salvage the craft before the 49 officers and men died of suffocation, but it was not until 25 days later that the boat could be raised.

The opening up of the submarine revealed "one of the most heartrending and pathetic tragedies in the history of the Japanese Navy." Scribbled messages on scraps of paper, op chests, doors and floor of the stricken boat disclosed the heroic attitude of the men during their last moments.


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