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Sub-series title: South East Area army operations
Title (romaji)Nantô Rikugun shiryô
Title (kanji)
AJRP details
AJRP module: National Institute for Defense Studies (Tokyo)
AJRP series: Army campaign reports and records
Location details
Institution: National Institute for Defense Studies (Tokyo)
Institution series: Jinchû nisshi-sentô shôhô nado
Institution sub-series: Nantô Rikugun shiryô
Sub-series qualities
Quantity: Approx. 663 items
Access: Open
Sub-series type: Unpublished, Official
Sub-series content
Creation date range (year): 1942 to 1949
Conflict code: Pacific War (1941-1945)
Australian unit names:
Allied unit names:
Japanese unit names:South Seas Force
18th Army
8th Area Army
Languages: Japanese
Area:Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands)
Content: These records consist of war diaries, operations reports, orders and memoirs from Japanese army campaigns in New Guinea, the Bismarck Archipelago and the Solomons. They either survived the post-war campaign of destruction of official documents or were compiled in the immediate post-war period by the Japanese Demobilisation Ministry.

Approximately 663 records have been identified as relating to campaigns against Australian troops. These have been categorised as follows:
South East Area, General (259 records);
South East Area, Eastern New Guinea (283 records);
South East Area, Solomon Islands and the Bismarck Archipelago (130 records).

The majortiy of these records are war diaries, but also includes battle reports, orders and other field documents. Examples are orders for the 20th and 51st Divisions, and war diaries for the 65th Brigade in the Bismarck Archipelago.
Other information
Notes: Thanks go to Professor HARA Takeshi for his assistance in the compilation of this record.
Last modified:02/09/2005 12:45:48 PM

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