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Photographs of the Japanese Occupation of Liuzhou

November 1944 - June 1945

In November 1944, the Japanese army, with air force backing, captured Guilin, then headed south towards Liuzhou. They captured Liuzhou on the 10th of November before continuing south to take Nanning two weeks later. They remained in occupation until June 6th 1945.

 

Accommodation at Liuzhou Airbase just before being abandoned by the 14th Air Force

Rolling the runway at the Liuzhou Airport

November 8th, 1944 - The USA's 14th Air Force destroy Liuzhou Airport before abandoning the city to the Japanese.

Bombed out house and burned out truck on Guilin - Liuzhou Road, Spring 1945

Refugee with children and white flag on Guiyang - Liuzhou Road, Spring 1945

Bombed train near Liuzhou

Boat Bridge aiding the evacuation of the city

Another view of the boat bridge.

"Boat Bridge"

Gas drums being unloaded from a small boat tied up to the Bridge

Another view of the 'boat bridge'.

And another.

Picture of position of boat bridge (2002)

 

Liuzhou Resident with Belongings

Liuzhou Railway Station during evacuation of city.

Liuzhou Railway Station during evacuation of city #2

Refugees gather on the south side of the river.

Refugees at Liuzhou Railway Station

Liuzhou Street Scene 1944

 

Chinese soldiers re-enter Liuzhou, July 1945

Liuzhou woman 'liberated' after the occupation. (July 1945)

Chinese and American Flags raised over Liuzhou, August 1946

 

"Occasionally we visited the city of Liuchow, on the opposite side of a wide river from the base. Buildings were mainly heaps of bricks, ruined by repeated shellings or bombings. Even among the few buildings still standing, I saw none without at least one bullet hole.Carl Fritz remembers Liuzhou in 1945, after the Japanese surrender. 

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