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Pingfan was a district in the Harbin in the days when the region was under the control of the Japanese puppet-state of Manchukuo. It was the headquarters of the Japanese Biological Warfare Unit 731 during the Japanese invasion of China and World War II. It had an airport, railway and dungeons. Most of Pingfang was burnt by the Japanese to destroy evidence but the incinerator where the remains of victims were burnt remains and is still in use as part of a factory.

Pingfan in The Hot WarEdit

The Chinese government was in the process of finally rebuilding the train station in Pingfan in January, 1951. During their occupation in the 1940s, the Japanese had been working on some secret project. Consequently, the workers kept coming down with cholera and anthrax six years after the Japanese left.[1]

Vasili Yasevich, a Russian national residing in Harbin, was part of that work detail, which probably saved his life: the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Harbin on the night of January 23, 1951.

Pingfan in The War That Came Early Edit

After a mass prisoner escape, Unit 731 was moved to Pingfan. There the Japanese biological warfare unit conducted numerous experiments on prisoners of war, called "logs" to dehumanize them.

However, some prisoners escaped anyway. This led to the demotion of a sergeant in the unit, Hideki Fujita.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Bombs Away, pg. 55, ebook.

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