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Item title: Defence against bacterial warfare
Title (kanji)
Location:Australian War Memorial (AWM55 5/34)
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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 5/34
Inst. series: AWM55
Inst. sub-series: AWM55 5/-
Item: EP-381
Item qualities
Quantity / desc: 13 pages
Access: Open
Item type: Unpublished, Official
Category: Information report
Item content
Creation date (d/m/y): 31/5/1945
Conflict code: Pacific War (1941-1945)
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Languages: English
Area:Shanghai [China–Hong Kong]
Luzon [Philippines]
Content: This is an Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS) translation of a Japanese publication captured in central Luzon between 14 and 21 March 1945 during the US campaign to recapture the Philippines. This item is an extract from an undated file entitled "Defense against bacterial warfare". It contains an exposition of the characteristics and effects of bacterial warfare, the preparation in foreign countries (notably Russia), probable targets and methods of attack, and detailed defensive counter-measures. A supplement gives general notes on poisonous substances used in warfare and incudes a diagram of possible methods of attack and infection. This item also alleges that the Russians dropped dysentery bacteria from aircraft during the second Nomonhan Incident (a tank battle between Russian and Japanese forces in August-September 1939 on the Russian-Manchurian border which resulted in a disastrous defeat for the Japanese), that the Chinese contaminated water supplies in Shanghai and Kiukiang with cholera bacteria and that a Russian agent caused an anthrax epidemic along the Hokkoku Line in 1934.
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Last modified:03/05/2009 09:04:08 AM
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