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Item title: Japanese methods of prisoner of war interrogation
Title (kanji)
Location:Australian War Memorial (AWM55 12/105)
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AJRP module: Australian War Memorial official records
AJRP series: Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS) publications
AJRP sub-series: ATIS research reports
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Location details
Institution: Australian War Memorial
Call number: AWM55 12/105
Inst. series: AWM55
Inst. sub-series: AWM55 12/-
Item: RR-134
Item qualities
Quantity / desc: 13 pages
Access: Open
Item type: Unpublished, Official
Category: Information report
Item content
Creation date (d/m/y): 1/6/1946
Conflict code: Pacific War (1941-1945)
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Languages: English
Area:Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands)
Netherlands East Indies (Indonesia)
Content: This is an Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS) research report issued on 1 June 1946 on Japanese interrogation methods. It contains information on the time and place of interrogation, techniques of interrogation, use of torture, the types of information sought by interrogators and examples of intelligence obtained in interrogations. The report conclude by stating that the Japanese Army placed a high regard on intelligence garnered through interrogation, and techniques varied from the gentle to the very cruel. Torture was explicitly condoned and airmen tended to suffer harsher treatment, possibly because of the importance of air superiority and a desperate desire to obtain all possible information about Allied air operations.
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Last modified:03/05/2009 09:06:48 AM
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