Yamashita was executed for delaying McArthur's triumphal return to Manilla, for making McArthur look bad in his final battle of WWII, and for humiliating the British in Malaya and Singapore. Compared to his Japanese peers in command, Yamashita was practically a saint. At Singapore, after a massacre of British staff at a hospital, he went to the hospital and apoligized for the killings. When you consider that much of Japan still doesn't admit that massacres occurred in the war, his action was fairly amazing for the time.
posted on 12/12/2001 7:57:51 PM PST
"Compared to his Japanese peers in command, Yamashita was practically a saint...."
I agree. Some say Stilwell also had a hand in it, for reasons similar to what you posit in regard to MacArthur.
Best regards. S&W R.I.P.
posted on 12/12/2001 8:04:23 PM PST
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