World Battlefronts: Look Out, Chicago

On the body of a soldier of Japan's veteran, ill-famed 18th Division, soldiers found a bit of Nipponese poesy. Translation:

With bloodstained flag of Rising Sun I'd like to conquer the world;

As I spit on Great Wall of China a multi-hued rainbow rises above Gobi Desert;

On Ganges River at foot of majestic Himalaya Mountains, sons of Nippon look for some crocodiles;

Today we're in Berlin, tomorrow in Moscow, home of snowbound Siberia;

As fog lifts, we see city of London rising high, as ceremonial fish of boys' days does;

Now we're in Chicago, once terrorized by gangsters, where our grandchildren pay homage to our memorial...

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