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Item title: Use of poison tester set, fifth column activity in China, and Japanese propaganda organisation
Title (kanji)
Location:Australian War Memorial (AWM55 5/18)
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AJRP module: Australian War Memorial official records
AJRP series: Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS) publications
AJRP sub-series: ATIS enemy publications
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Location details
Institution: Australian War Memorial
Call number: AWM55 5/18
Inst. series: AWM55
Inst. sub-series: AWM55 5/-
Item: EP-197
Item qualities
Quantity / desc: 33 pages
Access: Open
Item type: Unpublished, Official
Category: Information report, Instruction manual
Item content
Creation date (d/m/y): 1/10/1944
Conflict code: Pacific War (1941-1945)
Australian unit names:
Allied unit names:
Japanese unit names:Tama Force
China Expeditionary Army
Names: AOKI Shigemasa, 20th Div 2086 Force; YAMAGUSHI Tatsu
Languages: English
Area:Hollandia (Jayapura) [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), Dutch New Guinea (Irian Jaya)]
China–Hong Kong
Content: This is an Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS) translation of a Japanese publication captured at Hollandia (Jayapura) on 25 April 1944 during the Allied attacks on Japanese positions in northern Dutch New Guinea, which were intended to isolate the 18th Army at Wewak. This item contains three booklets on the subject of poisoning and propaganda entitled "Methods of using simplified poison testing set", issued by AOKI Shigemasa, KOREA 2086 Force (20th Division) on 30 September 1942; "Enemy fifth column poison activity as revealed in Central China", issued in May 1941 by Tama Force; and, "Propaganda organization and affairs of Japan, China and the Expeditionary Army", by YAMAGUSHI Tatsu, dated January 1942.

The first booklet contains information on methods of using a poison tester to detect bacteria or poison in food and water supplies.
The second item describes instances of poisoning by "fifth column" elements in China between 1938 and 1941. It details the reasons for such activity and ways to counter them. The third publication describes the creation of a Japanese propaganda department and the organisation of the "Intelligence Bureau", the "Propaganda Department" and the "Intelligence Department" of the China Expeditionary Army. It also contains information on propaganda methods and intelligence gathering techniques.
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