Wartime Nurse Photo Exhibition at Japanese Red Cross Society

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During the First Sino-Japanese, Russo-Japanese, Second Sino-Japanese and Pacific Wars, Japanese Red Cross nurses were dispatched to Asia-Pacific battlefields and Army-Navy hospitals in Japan. A photo exhibition memorializing their activities is being held in the entrance hall of the Japanese Red Cross Society in Minato-ku, Tokyo.

960 Japanese Red Cross medical aid teams composed of 33,156 persons were dispatched to domestic and overseas locations for 9 years, from 1937 until the end of the war in 1945. The nurses were the main players on the teams and ranged in age from the mid-teens to late 20’s. 1,120 of them lost their lives while performing their duties.

This photo exhibition shows them providing care, receiving training, and living their daily lives on the battlefield. These photos of dedicated nurses, who risked their lives to help others, remind us of the misery that war causes for humanity.