Military robinsons

Unlike civilian robinsons, military robinsons hid for a long time on individual islands of the Pacific Ocean.

Unlike civilian robinsons, military robinsons hid for a long time on individual islands of the Pacific Ocean

These are mainly former Japanese military personnel, a significant part of whom, although they knew about the end of World War II, did not recognize the surrender of Japan. Many of these samurai robinsons could not stand it, surrendered to the Americans and thus returned to civilized life.

So did, for example, former sergeant Ito, who had been hiding in the jungles of the island of Guam for 11 years and 7 months. Another Japanese robinson spent 16 years in the jungles of New Guinea and was so wild that doctors could not teach him to eat at the table for more than six months.

On January 17, 1972, the former sergeant of the Japanese army Suoichi Yokoi was "declassified" in the jungle of the island of Guam. This military robinson has been hiding here since 1944, since the landing of the United States troops on the island, that is, for almost 28 years!

A reliable refuge for him was an unknown cave. Robinson fed mainly on edible roots, fruits of wild plants and fish. He made a fishing net from tropical plants, sometimes hunted. The only metal tool he had was ordinary scissors.

For about 30 years, from late 1944 to March 10, 1974, former lieutenant Hiroo Onoda hid in the jungle of the Philippine island of Lubang. He left his secret shelter only when he heard through a megaphone the order of his former commander.

It was the most evil of all the famous Japanese military robinsons. Armed, he caused a lot of trouble to the local population. Therefore, upon learning of the end of the robinsonade of this dangerous military robinson, everyone breathed a sigh of relief. And Onoda returned home with great honors. Here he became a model of the samurai spirit.

In addition to military robinsons, for many years, mortally frightened victims of Japanese and German military punitive bodies hid in the depths of various forest jungles of the planet.

So, for example, in 1973 Boni Maki got out to the “light of God” a sick and completely exhausted old man. This post-war robinson "robinson" on the island of New Ireland (near New Guinea) since 1943, when the Japanese invaders wanted to mobilize him, a 20-year-old youth. All 30 years Bonnie Maki hid in the swampy jungle, eating snakes and berries.

Even more time was spent in the Thai jungle by his "comrades in misfortune" - 8 robinzones, who, like thousands of other residents of Southeast Asia, were driven by the Japanese invaders to build a strategic railway between Burma and Thailand at the end of 1942. Only in December 1980, in a remote area near the banks of the Kwai River, did the former Japanese imperial army translator come across these military robinsons by chance, traveling on places of past battles. Cut off from the whole world, the poor did not know that the war was long over.

Another page of human destroys of the last war became known relatively recently. 44 years hiding in the depths of the Bryansk forests residents of the Middle Budsky district of the Sumy region of Ukraine Matrena Pavlovna Kashina and her daughter Olga.

Miraculously escaping from the hands of the Nazi punishers, the mother escaped with her six-year-old daughter into the forest, where they lived in an abandoned guerrilla dugout among dense thickets. Mortally frightened by the barbarism of the Nazis, the Kashins dared to leave their forest shelter, accidentally learning from people who got there that the war was long over, and the Germans were gone.