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Item title: Notes on chemical warfare, protective measures and training: mortar firing
Title (kanji)
Location:Australian War Memorial (AWM55 5/19)
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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 5/19
Inst. series: AWM55
Inst. sub-series: AWM55 5/-
Item: EP-212
Item qualities
Quantity / desc: 39 pages
Access: Open
Item type: Unpublished, Official
Category: Notebook
Item content
Creation date (d/m/y): 7/10/1944
Conflict code: Pacific War (1941-1945)
Australian unit names:
Allied unit names:
Japanese unit names:
Names: KATO, Mitsuo
Languages: English
Area:Nambariwa [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), New Guinea, Huon Peninsula, Fortification Point–Sio Area]
Content: This is an Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS) translation of a Japanese publication captured at Namariwa during the Huon Peninsula campaigns and the Japanese retreat across the Finisterre Range. This item is a notebook, dated 2 April to 7 July 1942, on chemical warfare, protective measures and training, communications and mortar firing. It was compiled by KATO Mitsuo, presumably on the basis of lectures given to officer candidates. The document contains fragmentary notes, including sketches, on the basic aspects of chemical warfare, protective clothing, decontamination, types of smoke candles used, first aid, reconnoitring contaminated areas, spiritual discipline, training with blister gas and anti-spray procedures. It also contains notes on operating a light mortar and the organisation of battalion communication and observation squads.

This document was most likely brought to New Guinea by a unit previously serving in China where chemical weapons were used.
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Last modified:03/05/2009 09:07:14 AM
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