In the Marianas, U.S. correspondents thought they might have found one small part of the explanation for wholesale enemy suicides in the face of defeat: the Japs seemed willing to swallow any yarn their Government told them, believed they would be tortured and killed if captured.

Civilian prisoners taken on Saipan believed that the Japanese had captured the Hawaiian Islands, that their Navy had gone through the Panama Canal without losing a ship, had taken Washington. Another yarn, which U.S. reporters read in the English-language newspaper Mainichi: the late Navy Secretary Frank Knox was losing his fleet at the rate...

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