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Item title: Notebook containing tables of organization of certain Japanese Army units
Title (kanji)
Location:Australian War Memorial (AWM55 5/1)
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AJRP module: Australian War Memorial official records
AJRP series: Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS) publications
AJRP sub-series: ATIS enemy publications
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Location details
Institution: Australian War Memorial
Call number: AWM55 5/1
Inst. series: AWM55
Inst. sub-series: AWM55 5/-
Item: EP-5
Item qualities
Quantity / desc: 22 pages
Access: Open
Item type: Unpublished, Official
Category: Notebook
Item content
Creation date (d/m/y): 11/3/1943
Conflict code: Pacific War (1941-1945)
Australian unit names:
Allied unit names:
Japanese unit names:Buna Defence Force
Languages: English
Area:Giruwa [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), Papua, Owen Stanley Range, Buna Area]
Content: This item is an Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS) translation of a Japanese publication captured in the Giruwa area on 22 January 1943 during the Japanese withdrawal from campaigns in the Owen Stanley Ranges. The notebook contains organisational details of various Japanese Army units, including basic command structure, number and type of basic equipment carried, number of type of weapons carried, number of specialist personnel, and transportation requirements. This item also contains tables on the amount of ammunition carried by an infantry company machine-gun platoon, an infantry regiment, and the amount of road space required by various infantry units.
The army units covered in this item are: Infantry Group, Infantry Regiment, Infantry Battalion, Infantry Company, Machine Gun Company, Rapid Fire Gun Company, Battalion Artillery Company, Regimental Artillery Battalion, Work Platoon, Infantry Regimental Signal Unit, Infantry Unit Defence Equipment, Chemical Warfare Defensive Equipment, Tank Unit, Gas Control Unit, Reconnaissance Regiment, Cavalry Regiment, Artillery Group, Field (or Mountain) Artillery Regiment, Engineer Regiment, Divisional Signal Unit, Transport Corps Regiment, Ordinance Duty Unit, Casualty Collecting Unit, Medical Unit, Water Purification Section, Independent Rapid Fire Gun Battalion, Tank Group, Medium Artillery Regiment, Chemical Warfare Unit, Cavalry Group and Cavalry Brigade, Field Aerial Defense Unit, Divisional Engineer Regimental Organisation, and Independent Engineer Regiment.

This item could have been carried by the Buna Defence Force which suffered heavy casualties in the withdrawal from Buna.
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