Disturbing WWII Picture – Any Info?

This WWII era picture is very disturbing.  We're looking for any information militaria buffs might have (not an appraisal - the history behind the picture).

This WWII era picture is very disturbing. We’re looking for any information militaria buffs might have (not an appraisal – the history behind the picture).

I got this picture at an auction, without realizing what the content was.  When John took a close look at it, he realized it is a very disturbing, although probably posed, depiction of a Japanese soldier peering in at a half-nude woman clearly being held for the sex trade… and there’s a man directly behind her who can only be seen via his leg which is wrapped around her.

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There are no identifying marks on what appears to be a photocopy of a photograph.

Any experts in militaria out there have any history on this or similar photos?



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4 Responses to Disturbing WWII Picture – Any Info?

  1. GP Cox says:

    I would venture to say that the photo was taken in Burma, but you might want to ask Hillary Green at The Green Writing Room, with her research, she would know better than I.

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  2. lindasnyder says:

    Thanks! I’ll have John contact her since he has a much better understanding of WWII (actually, all wars) than I.


  3. Hello, I’m afraid I can’t help with this. I believe there was a thriving sex-trade for Japanese soldiers in both Burma and Thailand, but this is way outside any expertise I have. In some of the POW accounts, you hear of guards with POWs on shopping expeditions in local villages leaving their prisoners for an hour or so while they find a brothel. Good luck with identifying this.

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  4. lindasnyder says:

    Thanks, Hilary – I appreciate your response! The information you offered is pretty much what my husband says as well, although I’m glad you added it to this thread since I didn’t put it in the original blog.


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