MacArthur: "The task of Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers occupying Japan"
GENERAL GEORGE C. KENNEY SIGNED TYPESCRIPT OF CHAPTER 10 OF HIS BOOK, THE MACARTHUR I KNOW, "George C. Kenney," 10-pages, 7.75 x 11, historic content, in part: "...When MacArthur said he would return they believed it...MacArthur kept in touch with the guerrilla leaders all during the war and sent them supplies, instructions, and cheer at every opportunity...His campaigns in New Guinea, the lightning seizure of the Admiralities, and the re-conquest of the Philippines...demonstrated, as few commanders in history have done, what can be accomplished with small forces...The task of Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers occupying Japan...MacArthur landed at Atsugi airdrome on August 30, 1945, in a devastated, burned-out, dead Japan...The Japanese...must be taught to forget their dreams of empire and become a self-supporting peaceful member of the community of nations...Hundreds of persons charged with being war criminals were taken into custody and tried...created no widespread resentment on the part of the people. It was almost universally acknowledged that the trials were fair, that justice had been done and the sentences deserved...the infamous 'thought control police,' the Japanese equivalent of the Gestapo, was abolished along with all the military secret societies...the Japanese press was emancipated from the strict censorship it had suffered...the Emperor was persuaded to announce on New Year's Day 1946 that he no longer considered himself divine and that the Japanese should not consider themselves a superior race with a mission to dominate the world...women for the first time were allowed to vote...The Japanese accepted the occupation as MacArthur's occupation...and they like him." In fine condition.
The signed 10-page typescript of Chapter 10 was titled "The Occupation" and was given to the late aviation historian/collector Harry Block by General Kenny. This is probably the retained copy of the draft presented to his publisher, Duell, Sloan and Pearce of New York. A wonderful record of MacArthur's activities as The Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers occupying Japan written by a general who knew him well.
KENNEY was a fighter pilot during WWI who
flew over 70 combat missions and is credited with two aerial victories, winning
both the Silver Star and the Distinguished Service Cross. Between
the wars he was
responsible for the development of a technique for mounting .30 caliber machine
guns on the wings of a DH.4. He later taught classes of attack aviation at the
$1500 #10351 (To see other General Kenny and General MacArthur items CLICK HERE)
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