Monday, September 8, 2014

Capt. Oba the Japanese Samurai 'Fox'

The story of Imperial Japanese Army Captain Sakae Oba and his holdout with 46 men in the mountains of Saipan for 514 days after US forces seized the island during World War II is a remarkable tale. Oba's story became well known in Japan after a movie about his exploits was released.

Battle of Saipan:

A total of 46 men laid down their arms when the final order to surrender reached them. A movie called 「太平洋の奇跡−フォックスと呼ばれた男−」“Taiheiyou no Kiseki ~Fox to Yobareta Otoko” (Miracle in Pacific – The man who was called Fox) about these survivors and their 512 day resistance was released in Japan on 11 February 2011.

The surrender of Capt. Oba and the troops of the last Japanese garrison on Saipan
Frank J. Davis World War II Photographs -- 18 images depicting the surrender of the famous "hold-out" Japanese forces under the command of Captain Oba in December

Sakae Ōba (21 March 1914 – 8 June 1992)

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