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At the end of World War II, Allied Occupation forces found hundreds of midget submarines built and building in Japan, including large numbers of the “Koryu” type. Many of these boats were in massed groups at shipyards and naval bases.

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Ensign Katsuo Sakamakis captured midget submarine, washed ashore at Bellows Field, Oahu. Of the ten submariners to participate in the attack, only Sakamaki survived. He became Americas first prisoner of war during World War II.

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from Etsy

Japanese Sea Dragon Midget Submarine US Naval Base Yokosuka Japan 1950s Photo #2 15730

Japanese Sea Dragon Midget Submarine US Naval Base Yokosuka Japan 1950s Photo #2…

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Wartime painting in oils on silk, by an unidentified Japanese artist, depicting the four officers and five crewmen who were lost with the five Japanese midget submarines that participated in the attack.

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On the morning of December 7, 1941, Japanese bombers staged a surprise attack on U.S. military and naval forces in Hawaii. In a devastating defeat, the United States suffered 3,435 casualties and loss of or severe damage to 188 planes, 8 battleships, 3 light cruisers, and 4 miscellaneous vessels. Japanese losses were less than 100 personnel, 29 planes, and 5 midget submarines.

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from Cracked.com

11 Old War Photos You Won't Believe Aren't Fake (Part 2)

At the end of World War II, Allied Occupation forces found hundreds of midget submarines built and building in Japan, including large numbers of the “Koryu” type. Many of these boats were in massed groups at shipyards and naval bases.

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