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Item title: Proclamations and orders issued upon surrender
Title (romaji): K├┤fuku ni kansuru fukoku oyobi meirei
Title (kanji)
Location:Australian War Memorial (AWM 82 2/255)
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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 2/255
Inst. series: AWM 82
Inst. sub-series: 2/- Post-surrender material received from HQ 8 Military District (Rabaul)
Item: 2/255
Item qualities
Quantity / desc: 1 book, 24 pages handwritten mimeographed copy
Access: Open
Item type: Unpublished, Official
Category: Military order
Item content
Creation date (d/m/y): 2/9/1945
Conflict code: Post-war (related to WW2)
Australian unit names:
Allied unit names:
Japanese unit names:8th Army
31st Army
Languages: Japanese
Area:Rabaul Area [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), Bismarck Archipelago, New Britain]
Content: This item consists of five documents which were issued by the Japanese authorities immediately after surrender. The first document titled "The Imperial Headquarters proclamation" discusses the division and occupation by the Allied Powers of surrendered Japanese territories, disarmament and surrender of weapons, provision of information requested by the Allied Powers, removal of obstacles for air and sea transport, treatment of POWs, facilitation of the Allied occupation, etc. The second document titled "Summary of the Imperial Army special order No. 1" is an order given to the Commanders-in-Chief of the 8th Area Army and the 31st Army. Issues discussed include the cessation of hostilities and immediate disarmament, maintenance of weapons and equipment, removal of obstacles to road, air and sea transport, termination of the distribution of weapons and ammunition, assistance to the occupation forces, cooperation between the army and the navy, etc. The third document provides instructions based on the second document. The fourth document (untitled) discusses the occupation by the Allied Powers, repatriation of the Japanese Forces, and disarmament and maintenance of public order. The last document is a copy of the instrument of surrender.
AWM 82 captured Japanese document details
Title: Proclamations and orders issued upon surrender
ATIS number:
Item status: Original document
Item type: Unpublished, Official
Names (kanji ):
Sender (kanji):
Recipient (kanji):
Japanese unit names: 8th Army
31st Army
Japanese unit names (romaji):Dai 8 Gun; Dai 31 Gun
Japanese unit names (kanji)
Place of acquisition: Rabaul Area
Date of acquisition:
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