On Aug 15, 1945, Japan announced unconditional surrender to the world community, marking the end of World War II.
Two weeks late on September 2, Japanese representatives signed the official Instrument of Surrender, witnessed by 9 major nations winning the anti-Fascist war, including China, the USSR, the US, France, the Northern Island, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, and China celebrates September 3 as Victory Over Japan Day each year.
Following are some old photos of the Japanese troops captured by Chinese armies.
Japanese troops captured by Chinese armies in former “Manchukuo”
A Japanese officer resigned to his fate
Japanese troops captured in Huabei
Japanese troops captured in the Changsha Battle in Hunan.
Japanese troops captured in the Songshan Battle.
Chinese civilians sent captured Japanese officers and soldiers to authority.
A Japanese top military officer was executed by a Chinese soldier at Rain Flake Dais (雨花台) in Nanjing, where 300,000 Chinese were massacred by the Japanese army.
The captured Japanese officers and soldiers lined up for roll call each morning at a Chinese military prison.
Japanese imperial army officials and soldiers were brought to a mass meeting in Shangrao (上饶), Jiangxi, where they received Chinese people’s anti-aggression war lectures.
During the meeting, the prisoners also received books and daily necessities that were designed to help these war criminals to learn how to be civilized members of a human community which they were not taught back home in Japan.
A re-education school for Japanese war criminals run by the Chinese army.
Reformed Japanese officers and soldiers renounced their criminal past and were determined to turn a new leaf.