Part I

Let’s assume that I know nothing about the world wars. Let’s assume that world war wasn’t taught to us when we were studying in grade school or high school. After all, out of how many students could recall every memorable event that has happened?

I admit that I am one of those people. What really happened? What was the root cause? And was the war really necessary?

Yesterday, I watched Hiroshima: BBC History of World War II and I realized how brainwashed people were back then.  Why? Later on this blog, I would discuss my views on a much larger scale.  I will relate these bombings with my homeland, Philippines. What was happening in these islands while Japanese and Americans were in conflict? 

Before the bombing at Hiroshima happened, Japanese did a military surprise strike at the Pearl Harbor.

December 8, 1941, ten hours after the bombing at Pearl Harbor, the Japanese occupation in the Philippines started [1].

I found this photo of the monetary bills that were used during that time.

1 Peso
Philippine Money under the Japanese Government (1942-1945)

*Other bills from the collection of George Walden, Jr.

Inflation plays a big role in the transformation of the Philippine bills as you cannot buy anything for 5 cents and fifty cents alone anymore.

August 1945– Americans dropped atomic bombs at Hiroshima, Japan killing 129,000 people.

[1] http://www.worldwar2database.com/html/philip44.htm

 

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