Japanese rail officials and reporters at the site of the alleged railroad sabotage, near Mukden, Liaoning Province, China, 18 Sep 1931Japanese troops gathered outside Mukden, Liaoning Province, China, 18 Sep 1931Japanese troops in Mukden, Liaoning Province, China, 18 Sep 1931Railway sabotage site, near Mukden, northeastern China, 18 Sep 1931, photo 1 of 2
Japanese rail officials and reporters at the site of the alleged railroad sabotage, near Mukden, Liaoning Province, China, 18 Sep 1931Japanese troops gathered outside Mukden, Liaoning Province, China, 18 Sep 1931Japanese troops in Mukden, Liaoning Province, China, 18 Sep 1931Railway sabotage site, near Mukden, northeastern China, 18 Sep 1931, photo 1 of 2
Railway sabotage site, near Mukden, northeastern China, 18 Sep 1931, photo 2 of 2Japanese armored cars in northeastern China, circa Sep-Oct 1931Japanese flag being hoisted above newly captured Chinese 7th Brigade headquarters, Mukden, Liaoning Province, China, 19 Sep 1931Japanese troops in northeastern China, circa Sep-Oct 1931, photo 1 of 4
Railway sabotage site, near Mukden, northeastern China, 18 Sep 1931, photo 2 of 2Japanese armored cars in northeastern China, circa Sep-Oct 1931Japanese flag being hoisted above newly captured Chinese 7th Brigade headquarters, Mukden, Liaoning Province, China, 19 Sep 1931Japanese troops in northeastern China, circa Sep-Oct 1931, photo 1 of 4
Japanese troops in northeastern China, circa Sep-Oct 1931, photo 2 of 4Japanese troops in northeastern China, circa Sep-Oct 1931, photo 3 of 4Japanese troops in northeastern China, circa Sep-Oct 1931, photo 4 of 4Japanese troops taking a break in northeastern China, circa Sep-Oct 1931
Japanese troops in northeastern China, circa Sep-Oct 1931, photo 2 of 4Japanese troops in northeastern China, circa Sep-Oct 1931, photo 3 of 4Japanese troops in northeastern China, circa Sep-Oct 1931, photo 4 of 4Japanese troops taking a break in northeastern China, circa Sep-Oct 1931
Japanese Kwantung Army troops marching in a town in northeastern China, northeastern China, Sep 1931Japanese troops disarming Chinese soldiers in northeastern China, circa Sep-Oct 1931Japanese FT-17 tank in northeastern China, circa Sep-Oct 1931Japanese troops marching into an identified town, northeastern China, circa Sep-Oct 1931
Japanese Kwantung Army troops marching in a town in northeastern China, northeastern China, Sep 1931Japanese troops disarming Chinese soldiers in northeastern China, circa Sep-Oct 1931Japanese FT-17 tank in northeastern China, circa Sep-Oct 1931Japanese troops marching into an identified town, northeastern China, circa Sep-Oct 1931
Japanese troops firing field guns, northeastern China, circa Oct-Nov 1931Interior of a Japanese troop transport train, northeastern China, date unknownJapanese troops in the back of a truck, northeastern China, date unknownMilitary burial of fallen Japanese Army soldiers, northeastern China, 1930s
Japanese troops firing field guns, northeastern China, circa Oct-Nov 1931Interior of a Japanese troop transport train, northeastern China, date unknownJapanese troops in the back of a truck, northeastern China, date unknownMilitary burial of fallen Japanese Army soldiers, northeastern China, 1930s
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