National Geographic : 1945 Apr
© National Geographic Society Kodachrome, U.S.Marine Corps, Official Rare Scene in the Tough Campaign of the Pacific Is This Capture of Japanese Troops When faced with defeat, most of the enemy preferred to take their own lives rather than surrender. Although the conquest ofSaipan netted more prisoners than had previous battles, only about 2,000 were taken. More than 26,000 were killed. Two admirals and two generals committed hara-kiri.