End of Empire100 days in 1945 that changed Asia and the world.

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  • arriving at the military tribunal in Manila, Philippines, in 1945. Yamashita was the commanding general during the conquest of Malaya and in the Philippines. He was held responsible for atrocities committed by troops under his command and found guilty of failing to prevent them. The trial set a controversial precedent known as ‘command responsibility’, which held that an officer could be charged if he failed to control the acts of troops under his command. Yamashita was executed by hanging in February 1946. (N. B. Stucky, Australian War Memorial 119134)
    General Yamashita Tomoyuki arriving at the military tribunal in Manila, Philippines, in 1945. Yamashita was the commanding general during the conquest of Malaya and in the Philippines. He was held responsible for atrocities committed by troops under his command and found guilty of failing to prevent them. The trial set a controversial precedent known as ‘command responsibility’, which held that an officer could be charged if he failed to control the acts of troops under his command. Yamashita was executed by hanging in February 1946. (N. B. Stucky, Australian War Memorial 119134)