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Wartime Life

Wartime Life

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After the Pacific War broke out, Taiwan was drawn into the vortex of the conflict, and every resource had to be rationed, and thus many people in Taiwan engaged in black market trading. After the war, the allied forces began aerial bombardments of Taiwan, and taking shelter became a routine for Taiwanese people. In October 1944 (Year 19 of the Showa regime), allied forces conducted large sale bombardments of Taiwan, and, in addition to military bases, industrial facilities, sugar factories, government buildings and residences also suffered significant damage. Under allied bombings, many urban residents were forced to evacuate to the countryside in a move called dispersion. Whenever an air raid siren sounded, people had to take refuge in a bomb shelter, enduring many hardships.

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