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Item title: Japanese bacterial warfare
Title (kanji)
Location:Australian War Memorial (AWM55 12/61)
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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 12/61
Inst. series: AWM55
Inst. sub-series: AWM55 12/-
Item: RR-84
Item qualities
Quantity / desc: 18 pages
Access: Open
Item type: Unpublished, Official
Category: Information report
Item content
Creation date (d/m/y): 24/7/1944
Conflict code: Pacific War (1941-1945)
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Languages: English
Area:China–Hong Kong
Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands)
Content: This is an Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS) research report issued on 24 July 1944 on Japanese bacterial warfare. The report contains information on Japanese pamphlets on bacterial warfare, counter-espionage and bacterial warfare, allegations of poisoning by Chinese forces, accusations of Allied use of biological agents, Japanese research on dengue fever, supplies and bacterial infection, evidence of Japanese plans to use a "bacillus bomb" (a bacteria spreading bomb), and accusations that Allied propaganda leaflets were impregnated with bacteria. The report concluded that the Japanese had long given thought to bacterial warfare and have claimed that all countries are carrying out research into the use of biological agents. It suggested that the "Japanese would use this type of warfare as a surprise weapon without the slightest hesitation" and that Allied forces also needed to take precautions over food products captured from the Japanese.
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Last modified:03/05/2009 09:06:34 AM
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