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Japan's Biological Warfare Against Chinese

18 September 2010

November 4, 1941, Japanese Army Unit 731, a covert biological and chemical warfare research and development unit of the Imperial Japanese Army, pose in front of the aircraft after completed the mission of releasing the biological warfare agent - the plague virus in Changde (常德), in Hunan Province.

A Chinese civilian's face was infested by virus spread by Japanese Army.

Xiang Jiayou (向家佑) from Nine Hills Village (九岭村) at Zhou Family Store Township (周家店镇) described to the researchers on Japanese war crimes during the WWII how four families in his village were wiped out by Japanese plague.

The Xu family property in the outskirts of Chande was transformed into a quarantine hospital by Japanese Army in November 1941. A 6 m wide and 3 m deep moat was created to isolate the property with a drawbridge being the only link to the outside world. There were about three to four hundreds of Chinese plague patients being sent into this death camp and majority of them never walked out alive again.

Japanese troops buried Chinese civilians alive after they contracted plague.

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