Witnessing Japan’s surrender in China

The Japanese empire in China had collapsed over night. It was clear to my great-uncle that the Japanese army in Nanjing was not happy with its orders.

“The Japanese army gave me the impression of being extremely tough and dangerous as indeed it had proved itself in battle,” he wrote. “There is clearly no realisation of the extent of the disaster Japan has suffered. It regards itself, with some reason, as an undefeated army which, to its regret, has been ordered by the emperor to lay down its arms.”