The most terrible army that history has ever seen: part 731


II. World War II was one of the greatest devastations in history. As a result of the war, more than 60 million people died, more than 100 million people were directly affected by this terrible war. Such a great destruction caused with it the appearance of terrible evils. However, the structure created by the Imperial Japanese Army and called the 731st Detachment, or “Detachment 731” as it is usually pronounced among the Japanese, went down in history with unimaginable disasters…

731. The unit conducted cruel experiments on captured captives that expanded the limits of the human mind, resulting in thousands of deaths, both indirectly and directly. As a matter of fact, not one of the prisoners, whose path somehow fell to the lot of this terrible detachment, managed to get away alive! Here’s what you need to know about the Japanese Army Unit 731, one of the most terrifying and brutal facilities in history…

Warning: Contains confidential photos.

Unit 731 was formed by the Imperial Army during the Sino-Japanese War.

However, the main and terrible activities of the unit began with the Japanese invasion of Manchuria. With the construction of buildings for this formidable unit in the area completed, Unit 731 began their brutal activities that would result in thousands of deaths. However, outwardly, this terrible unit created an extremely benevolent image …

731. The unit received the official name “Center for the Prevention of Epidemic Diseases and Water Treatment.”

A ruthless branch of the Japanese army wanted to prevent the reaction of the Manchu people through this deceptive name. Allegedly, they protected unarmed people in the occupied lands from epidemics and tried to create supplies of clean water for them. But, of course, the detachment did not provide the slightest help to any Manchu …

The unit caused thousands of deaths and many thousands more suffering until the Soviet troops ended their presence in the region in 1945.

The League’s horrific actions included many atrocities, from bioweapon testing to epidemic testing. Ill-treatment, torture, rape and death were a common part of daily life in the POW camps set up by the unit…

One of the most terrifying experiments ever done was the “freeze test!”

A physiologist named Yoshimura Hisato, who worked in the department, dealt specifically with hypothermia. What’s more, the thousands of Chinese taken prisoner by the Japanese army were treated as objects that Hisato could use for his research, not just people!

In these experiments, called the frost test, the limbs of captured Chinese were kept in blocks of ice for long hours. After people’s limbs were completely frozen, treatments were explored. Sometimes the frozen hands or feet of the Chinese were immersed in hot water, and sometimes the frozen limbs were held directly over a naked fire. Sometimes Hisato, wanting to see what would happen to a completely frozen human limb, left the unfortunate Chinese with their frozen limbs…

One of the unit’s missions was to develop a method to allow Japanese soldiers who were sick or wounded during the war to continue fighting.

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Of course, what happens to people who get sick or get injured is also a question that has been tried to be answered by experiments on prisoners! Thus, the bodies of young and old prisoners, men and women, and even children, were cut alive, they reconstructed a similar moment of injury in war conditions, checked with what benefit people would die and with what benefit they would survive …

Moreover, these techniques, called “cutting”, were not limited to simple injuries. For example, one prisoner had an arm amputated, and then another had an amputated limb sewn up! In addition, as part of these experiments, the bodies of many people were crushed with incredible weights, so it was investigated at what weight the soldiers could survive under the rubble.

Unit 731 was also responsible for weapons testing in the Japanese army.

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More precisely, from checking which weapon deals damage to the enemy! To do this, the armament available to the Japanese army was delivered to the unit, an open-air training ground was formed from the captured Chinese, and the testing phase began.

So much so that how many people could be killed by different hand grenades used by soldiers was measured by these tests! Among dozens of prisoners, various hand grenades were left, then they counted which bomb killed how many and what wounds it inflicted on the dead! Thousands of Chinese died horribly during these weapons tests. The same method was used for flamethrowers, bayonets and knives…

II. One of the biggest problems for overcrowded armies during World War II was venereal disease.

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In order to fight these diseases, the Japanese army decided to investigate the origin of the diseases. After all, they had a large number of prisoners in their hands, and the evil of this monstrous structure knew no bounds! Thus, prisoners with venereal diseases were forced to rape other prisoners…

One of the interests of this terrible and cruel unit created by the Japanese army was “biological warfare”.

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For example, plague was deliberately passed on to prisoners, and infected prisoners were monitored for a long time. However, the division also wanted to observe the impact of the disease on mass scales. To do this, a species of flea known to spread the plague was turned into a bioweapon and Japanese planes dropped thousands of “plague bombs” on Manchu villages. Thus, more than 3,000 people died from the plague alone in the entire geography of Manchuria. More than 6,000 people have also died in the region due to other bioweapons testing in the unit…

Soviet troops entered Manchuria in 1945, ending the Japanese occupation of the region.

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Meanwhile, Unit 731 was almost wiped out by the Japanese army. All the prisoners who remained together were massacred, the records, carefully stored for years, were burned, the buildings of the unit and the laboratory were razed to the ground.

II. The Second World War witnessed countless events that violated human dignity. However, few were terrible at what this terrible unit did.

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From the early 1930s to 1945, the members of Unit 731, who tortured countless Chinese prisoners and killed thousands of people, continued their normal lives after the war! Many of them even worked for the rest of their lives as leading scientists in the academic field of Japan …

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