I do so hope that that skinny little
Japanese guy doesn't take a step backwards, and give a whole new meaning
to the exhortation "Down the hatch"..!
A major Japanese submarine base during WWII,
Penang - in what is now Malaysia - was one of those few places in the
world that saw German, Italian and Japanese boats moored together on a
fairly regular basis.
To say that the three nationalities 'got on'
really well could be regarded as something approaching an overstatement;
there was always, it seems, a degree of suspicion from all sides - but
then, weren't the Americans and British ... not to mention the French ...
also somewhat hamstrung in this regard... ?
In this little imaginary scene, however,
everything seems to be going swimmingly, as a crew member from a recently
arrived Type IX U-Boat is invited aboard a Japanese "B"- type
boat to sample the Japanese tipple of choice. In the background, a
"C3" class I-Boat sits, dwarfing its German ally.
And all the time ... the rain of the monsoon
keeps pouring down!
(One does have to wonder if he compared it
well against...say .a good Gewurztraminer?.... I don't
know why he shouldn't ...Sake is fine by me !)