JAPAN: Another Flying Train

In 1931 Japan's Kwantung army, looking for an excuse to invade Manchuria, accused Chinese soldiers of blowing up a section of the Japanese-operated South Manchurian railroad near Liu Ho Kou. Japanese forces occupied the entire Mukden area forthwith. Not a bit embarrassed were the Samurais when it transpired that a train had traversed the damaged section of track half an hour after it was blown up. The Japanese offered various explanations and were even reported to have served up for internal consumption the following: the Japanese engineer, seeing the damage, appealed to...

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