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Item title: YAMADA Kazuo interrogation report
Title (kanji)
Location:Australian War Memorial (AWM55 6/1)
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AJRP module: Australian War Memorial official records
AJRP series: Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS) publications
AJRP sub-series: ATIS interrogation reports
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Location details
Institution: Australian War Memorial
Call number: AWM55 6/1
Inst. series: AWM55
Inst. sub-series: AWM55 6/-
Item: IR-19 (Serial no. 24)
Item qualities
Quantity / desc: 6 pages
Access: Open
Item type: Unpublished, Official
Category: Interrogation report
Item content
Creation date (d/m/y): 25/11/1942
Conflict code: Pacific War (1941-1945)
Australian unit names:
Allied unit names:
Japanese unit names:144th Infantry Regt Headquarters
Names: YAMADA Kazuo, 1st Class Pte
Languages: English
Area:Kokoda–Wairopi Area [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), Papua, Owen Stanley Range]
Buna Area [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), Papua, Owen Stanley Range]
Kumusi River [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), Papua, Owen Stanley Range]
Papaki [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), Papua, Owen Stanley Range, Kokoda–Wairopi Area]
Content: This is an Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS) interrogation report for 1st Class Private YAMADA Kazuo of the 144th Infantry Regiment Headquarters, who was captured near Papaki on 13 November 1942. YAMADA, a 21 year old from Fukukoka, was the leader of a packhorse unit. YAMADA gave a false name and incorrect information in his first interrogation as he feared it might be passed on to Japan. His unit landed at Buna on 18 August 1942 with local carriers from Rabaul. In addition, over 500 Formosans were brought in to be engaged in transport work. Each member was given 15 days' rations and set of with 15 packhorses. The party reached Kokoda and made further advances, but turned back to Kokoda. Later, the unit retreated to Buna. YAMADA suffered from malaria and was too exhausted to cross the Kumusi River where he was captured by Australian troops. Information on the organisation of his unit was given in Appendix A. The members of the Regimental Headquarters numbered about 120 to 130. YAMADA mentioned that anti-malaria tablets were issued for ten days but once the tablets were exhausted the disease became more prevalent. Appendix A is a list of personnel of the Regimental Headquarters.
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