Wednesday, August 11, 2021

War In The Pacific

This is a so called blood chit, used by the crews of Allied aircraft in case they were shot down in the Pacific Theatre.

As noted yesterday, while the bulk of Canadian military efforts went into the fight against the Nazis, there were assets in the Pacific theatre, from the first day to the last.

This photograph features Chinese-Canadian soldiers who served in the South East Asia Command, taken after the war.

Here we have the start of a story of Will Kyle, a Canadian, part of a supply flight whose fate would remain unknown for decades.

Two views of the Sai Wan War Cemetery in Hong Kong, taken in 1970. 1, 138 Allied soldiers are buried here.

Civilian populations throughout South East Asia had suffered due to Japanese attacks and occupation. This included Canadians living abroad. We will continue here tomorrow.


  1. There was a lot of joint activities during the war with various countries. Without disrespect for those times and bravery I avoid the topic and big plans to enlarge this countries war memorial are troubling.
    Otherwise, I hope the gov in Alberta starts to toe the line and not spoil a terrific record for vax. newcastle nsw au.

  2. I am not a fan of war, but I do appreciate the need for peace and our allies.
    Take care, have a great day!

  3. ...the Pacific is where my father served.

  4. War is such a dreadful thing.

  5. There is still so many details we don't know about that happened during the wars William ✨

  6. @Julia: unfortunately the people of Alberta have for decades voted in a short sighted way nearly all the time, and their present premier is a mouthy punk who defines the reason why I, as a conservative, will never vote for a Conservative party again.

    @Italiafinlandia: it was a hell of a war.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Tom: so different from the European theatre.

    @Gemel: it is indeed.

    @Francisco: thanks.

    @Grace: some things never provide answers.

  7. So many stories will go untold.

  8. Those were surely frightening times.

  9. Wars have created larger cemeteries

  10. There have been far too many wars.

  11. Horrifying stories from that side of the world too.

  12. Sad times that need to be remembered.

  13. Great historical exhibit and photos ~

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  14. The blood chit is chilling to think about what those men had to endure.

  15. @RedPat: true.

    @Iris: they were.

    @Magiceye: indeed.

    @Sharon: and they continue.

    @Revrunner: it is an odd term.

    @Jan: very much so, yes.

    @Michelle: that is true.

    @Carol: thank you.

    @Maywyn: if they were lucky, they met up with someone who could understand the language on the fabric.

  16. I hadn’t heard of the Blood Chit. Thank you for sharing.

  17. War influences all parts of life. We don't hear or learn much about the war in the Pacific.

  18. What brutal times. I hope the nuclear deterrent keeps working.

  19. thanks for sharing. i learn something each visit. ( ;