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Item title: History and current state of the South East Area Army
Title (romaji): Nantô Hômengun gaikyô
Title (kanji)
Location:Australian War Memorial (AWM 82 2/298)
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AJRP details
AJRP module: Australian War Memorial official records
AJRP series: AWM 82 captured Japanese documents
AJRP sub-series: Post-surrender Rabaul material received from HQ 8 Military District
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Location details
Institution: Australian War Memorial
Call number: AWM 82 2/298
Inst. series: AWM 82
Inst. sub-series: 2/- Post-surrender material received from HQ 8 Military District (Rabaul)
Item: 2/298
Item qualities
Quantity / desc: 1 book, 90 pages handwritten mimeographed copy
Access: Open
Item type: Unpublished, Official
Category: Administrative document
Item content
Creation date (d/m/y): ?/12/1945
Conflict code: Post-war (related to WW2)
Australian unit names:
Allied unit names:
Japanese unit names:South East Area Army
Languages: Japanese
Area:Rabaul Area [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), Bismarck Archipelago, New Britain]
Content: This item provides a comprehensive history of the South East Area Army since its formation in 1942. The first half presents a concise battle record and the Army's movements until the Japanese surrender, while the second half is focused on the situation after the surrender. The first section details the Army's movements, analyses its performance in battles, and discusses matters such as personnel, supply of ammunition and provisions, sanitation, self-sufficiency and cooperation between the South East Area Army and the South East Area Fleet. Attachments to the first section include information on courts martial, the war dead, patients and their symptoms. The second section describes the situation immediately before and after the Japanese surrender, the negotiation of cease-fire with the Australian Forces and the situation under the command of the Australian Forces. Other issues mentioned include suspected war criminals, discipline and morals among Japanese soldiers after the surrender, sanitation, security and the self-sufficiency system. Attachments to the second section include a list of Japanese personnel working for the Australian Forces, a list of Japanese vehicles supplied to the Australian Forces, a list of medical supply, a list of the war dead between January and October 1945 and a list of patients.
AWM 82 captured Japanese document details
Title: History and current state of the South East Area Army
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Item status: Original document
Item type: Unpublished, Official
Names (kanji ):
Sender (kanji):
Recipient (kanji):
Japanese unit names: South East Area Army
Japanese unit names (romaji):Nantô Hômengun
Japanese unit names (kanji)
Place of acquisition: Rabaul Area
Date of acquisition:
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