World Battlefronts: Olympian Triumph

The big surprise of the 1932 Olympic Games at Los Angeles was the Japanese swimming team. It scored 66 points unofficially, far more than the U.S., which paddled a poor second with 29. One of the breaststroke stars on the Jap team was a crop-haired lad named Reizo Koike. The Japanese announced last week that Reizo Koike had trained a school of swimmers who churned across the narrow waterway between Kowloon and Hong Kong, located British mines, exploded them with rifles, made possible crossings by Japanese troopships.


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