Diary of Juan Labrador, O.P.

June 8, 1942

Today is exactly six months since the start of the war. The press published a partial list of the Japanese gains. A dispatch from Domei announced that the Imperial Japanese Forces had captured the following war booty:

 

Artillery guns…………………….. 196
Cars………………………………… 31,589
Machine guns…………………….. 11,548
Airplanes………………………….. 240
Rifles……………………………….. 216,000
Trucks…………………………….. 12,200
Ships………………………………… 48
Landing barges…………………… 299

We do not know the exact figure about the manpower of the contending armies. But according to the same dispatch from Domei, the number of troops fielded against the Japanese army and those killed or captured was:

 

Fielded Chinese troops……………………. 1,830,000
Chinese captured………………………….. 44,000
USAFFE troops in the Philippines………… 100,000
British troops in the Dutch Indies…………. 120,000
North American troops captured……………….. 54,000

These figures are neither complete nor accurate. But they give us an idea, superficial though it may be, of the effort Japan had to put into the war to destroy, almost at the same time, all the enemy forces. We can conclude with certainty that the Allied troops had been recruited hurriedly and that Japan was in a position to field twice as many men as those actually drafted. Japan’s fighting power is tremendous.

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