It takes a moment to understand what you’re seeing in this photo, but three Japanese officers can be seen watching one of their men being strip-searched by Indian guards at Kowloon. Hong Kong was formally handed over the the British Royal Navy in August 1945. The occupation itself had begun five years earlier, when the Governor of Hong Kong, Sir Mark Young, surrendered Hong Kong to the Empire of Japan in December of 1941. At the end of the Japanese occupation, 6,000 Japanese prisoners were rounded up in Kowloon. Something about the nudity in this photo is so incongruous, creating a really gripping image and a deeply human moment in the midst of warfare.

Hong Kong

August 1945.

Credit: Anti-Worlds