1946 Japan Bruce M Hall

1946 Japan Bruce M Hall


these movies were taken by first
lieutenant Bruce McGregor Hall, on the island of Honshu in Japan between the fall of
1945 and the summer of 1946 after two years of mountain warfare training in
the 10th Mountain Division I became an infantry officer and in due course was
assigned to the 10th 7th Cavalry Regiment of the 1st Cavalry Division our
mission was to land on Kyushu Japan sea lowest mainland Island the Japanese
surrendered before the invasion could begin and General MacArthur representing
the Allied powers aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay took the formal
surrender our division was redirected to occupy Honshu in the Japanese capital
Tokyo our troops landed in Yokohama and were quartered in the Japanese maritime
academy in Tokyo tour three months later I transferred to Forestry Division of
Natural Resources section GHQ Tokyo I traveled widely with their staff by Jeep
and by train over Honshu as part of my duties General MacArthur’s a
recommendation that the Emperor retain his role as unifying figure of Japan was
accepted and the question arose as to the disposition of his vast assets of
which the most valuable was the Imperial force this determination was the focus
of the Forestry Division which consisted mostly of high-ranking civilian
foresters from the United States and Australia
I am no photographer and there these pictures prove the point they were made
on an old Eastman Kodak 33 33 millimeter movie camera forwarded to me by an uncle
they are I believe somewhat unique historically no one seems to have
bothered to do what I so poorly have done the first set the films are the
Tokyo Yokohama environments they start at Ueno station left unscathed by the
u.s. b-29 fire bombing which destroyed major portions of Tokyo and Yokohama the
camera then sweeps large sections of Tokyo completely eradicated there follow
mixed shots of people and places in and around Tokyo followed by a trip to the
ISA Peninsula some miles south in the shrine city of Nikko there are some
shots west of Tokyo towards mount Fujiyama and a village festival finally
there is a so called duck hunt at the Imperial Game Preserve north of Tokyo as
part of a vain effort by the Imperial Household ministry to avoid the eventual
transfer of the Imperial forests to the National Forest Service the last scene
is aboard ship going home as you can see from these films the
Japanese who had just been so severely damaged so a great deal of resiliency
this is the Daiichi building and this is General MacArthur emerging there’s the
five stars and there’s the general this building face towards a moat which in
terms outed the Imperial Palace so basically a Jed the general was staring
at the Emperor these are the palace grounds at this time and the Americans handle
the occupation principally although the Australians and the British were
represented and the Russians were somewhat left out you may recall the
Russians invaded Japan at the last moment so that has some sort of say in
its disposition all of what happens here with the first Cavalry Division doing
its pomp and circumstance in front palace was designed and in many ways to
impress the Russians this area here is out by the river that goes through Tokyo
called the Sumida River I regret to say my very first assignment the first
Cavalry Division when we did hit Tokyo was to be put in charge of the largest
red light district in Japan and at that point I had a rotating platoon that came
out to try to separate the Americans and other troops from the geishas and the
bad girls tall short all I might say that the jeep that you saw
just a moment ago was one of the ways I went my Spurs with the Forestry Division
my infantry background included scrounging and I managed it get a hold
of 525 rather Jeeps for my unit which made me very popular that that was the
drawer up Jarl okay now here we have a the first Labour rally in Japan this was
when the union’s were just being revitalized this is outside of the
Imperial Palace it’s interesting to think that this is
the first exercise in democracy in Japan and they never gone back here’s the
first Cavalry Division on parade in front of the Imperial Palace and again
most of their pomp and circumstances was directed at the Russians well here I believe is the beginning of
our trip to the asou Peninsula as I mentioned earlier and what’s the staff
are with us and went down and did their best to make friends with the Japanese
as they went along the oven insula is quite beautiful and
as I said earlier it’s very close to the shrine city of Nikko this vehicle is
heading up towards a lookout point towards Mount Fuji which was not too
well visible at this particular time we’re probably about as a crow flies and
probably half an hour from Tokyo itself it just doesn’t seem that way but the
japan alps are very abrupt and steep by the way they run up and down the whole
japanese archipelago’ okay here’s Nikko the shrine city this is not as famous as Kyoto but it’s
a beautiful shrine you don’t need a guess that the sound
from that timber hitting a bell is fairly impressive there’s a lot of Buddhist influence in
these various temples and you’ll see miniature figures carved everywhere in
the eaves my attempts to ship inside were not too
successful this soldier and his wife and our girlfriend
I’ll get Pimenta the soldiers in the second real priest there are the three
monkeys see no evil speak no evil and here in a wheel those large trees in the background well
let me jump ahead here I’m missing something here this is the this is a
village festival and it was where good luck to upon this particular festival
and the drummer’s are up in the chariot they’re doing their thing you can sort
of see them pounding away in there it’s a good mix of new and old when you think that probably three to
four months before this particular section of the pictures was shot we’re
at war and violently bombing the country they came back fast there were old famous cherry trees
Sakura again we’re in sort of the rural
environment around Tokyo Yokohama this is not that far away from the big cities
I mentioned it these films were shot in the fall of 1945 not into the winter and
you can see these scenes are winter those are large on the Left anybody is
interested they lose their leaves the Japanese are great foresters they
learned their traditions from the Germans around 8:00 and 1800s and they
were very meticulous these trees here are young but they call sube sube is
latin cryptomeria japonica that’s their most important tree looks like he must be into early spring
by now now this is the gateway to the Imperial
Game Preserve and this is where we were taken on a duck hunt and as I mentioned
in my introduction the Imperial Household ministry was hosting that’s
the Imperial Household Minister dragging the cigarette they and here he is again
after too much sake this is the Aquila day us cabinet officer so I would like
to say those are the weapons of warfare for this attack on the ducks
we went and hid behind an embankment which you’ll see in a second and at the
signal from the gamekeeper you ran on around on two sides of a trench and the
Ducks this is the main body of water here would go into these channels and
when they get into the channel the signal was given to the restaurant each
side there were those huge mess the Ducks were frightened flew up in the air
and we’re captured here we are behind the embankment waiting and now we started on this thrilling
hunt and as you see it’s not very hard to catch a duck this way it’s not very
sportsmanlike and it’s kind of a shame frankly they’re
the games keeper whom you’ll see shortly carry a falcon with him and if by some
miracle one of the Ducks escaped the nets and flew away he released his
Falcon and of course that was the end of the duck here’s the Falcon making sure that last
duck didn’t get very far and which is the most formidable looking that the
Falcon or the Falcon ear as you can see the grounds were
beautiful even if the sporting was below par here we are now these shots are simply of going home
which would probably in the late summer of 1946 and I was made unfortunately for
me the sergeant-at-arms of this entire ship which is an assistant of USO troops
nurses and an Air Force personnel you

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *