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Item title: Oil situation in Japan and occupied territories
Title (kanji)
Location:Australian War Memorial (AWM55 12/90)
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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 12/90
Inst. series: AWM55
Inst. sub-series: AWM55 12/-
Item: RR-118
Item qualities
Quantity / desc: 43 pages
Access: Open
Item type: Unpublished, Official
Category: Information report
Item content
Creation date (d/m/y): 8/2/1945
Conflict code: Pacific War (1941-1945)
Australian unit names:
Allied unit names:
Japanese unit names:
Languages: English
Niigata Prefecture [Japan–Formosa, Honshû]
Netherlands East Indies (Indonesia)
New Guinea [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands)]
Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands)
Content: This is an Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS) research report issued on 8 February 1945 on oil production and storage in Japan and occupied territories. It contains information on the availability of gasoline in Japan, Manchuria, Hollandia and the Philippines, domestic restrictions on the use of oil products, the economic importance of Japanese oil companies and their susceptibility to destruction, the location of oil fields in Klamono, the Netherlands East Indies and Niigata, the capacity and location of Japanese oil storage facilities, the construction of underground storage facilities, experimentation and production of synthetic fuels, and the characteristics of various fuel types. It also contains sketches of underground and underwater oil tanks, and maps of the Amalgamated Petroleum Company facilities in Japan. The report concluded that the difficulty in supplying forward areas with gasoline and oil in Manchuria and New Guinea had restricted military operations and that the Japanese had worked to reduce the susceptibility of petroleum plants to aerial attack.

This report was important to Allied strategies hoping to locate and destroy Japan's oil reserves. As in Europe, the sustained bombing by the Allies forced the Japanese to divert resources and manpower to the creation of underground and underwater storage facilities.

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