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Item title: KATSUKURA Kanemitsu interrogation report
Title (kanji)
Location:Australian War Memorial (AWM55 6/1)
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AJRP module: Australian War Memorial official records
AJRP series: Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS) publications
AJRP sub-series: ATIS interrogation reports
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Location details
Institution: Australian War Memorial
Call number: AWM55 6/1
Inst. series: AWM55
Inst. sub-series: AWM55 6/-
Item: IR-
Item qualities
Quantity / desc: 5 pages
Access: Open
Item type: Unpublished, Official
Category: Interrogation report
Item content
Creation date (d/m/y): 22/11/1942
Conflict code: Pacific War (1941-1945)
Australian unit names:
Allied unit names:
Japanese unit names:Yokosuka 5th Special Naval Landing Party 2nd Coy Machine Gun Pl
Names: KATSUKURA Kanemitsu, 1st Class Seaman
Languages: English
Area:Hawaiian Islands [Central Pacific]
Milne Bay [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), Papua]
Guadalcanal [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), Solomon Islands]
Content: This is an Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS) interrogation report for 1st Class Seaman KATSUKURA Kanemitsu of Yokosuka 5th Special Naval Landing Party 2nd (Yoshioka) Company Machine-Gun (Okawara) Platoon, who was captured at Milne Bay on 17 October 1942. KATSUKURA, a 35 year old 1st Class Seaman, was exhausted and powerless to resist when he was captured. KATSUKURA's first name is spelled as "Kanemidzu" in the report. KATSUKURA went to Midway in May 1942 and to Guadalcanal in August 1942. His unit arrived aboard Yayoi in Milne Bay on 3 September. After his party was attacked, five of them went into the mountains and wandered for over a month, searching for other Japanese troops. In the interrogation session, KATSUKURA was very critical of Japanese tactics, lack of training for the soldiers and lack of instructions from the officers. He also reported unenthusiastic attitudes among the general public towards war and conscription.
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