|Item title:||Morale and economy in Japan from letters to a soldier|
|Location:||Australian War Memorial (AWM55 5/33) |
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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|
|Institution:||Australian War Memorial|
|Call number:||AWM55 5/33|
|Inst. sub-series:||AWM55 5/-|
|Quantity / desc:||15 pages|
|Item type:||Unpublished, Private|
|Creation date (d/m/y):||13/5/1945|
|Conflict code:||Pacific War (1941-1945)|
|Keywords:||SHIPWRECKS, MORALE, WAR - HOME FRONT, WAR - CIVILIAN EFFORT, WOMEN IN WARFARE, ECONOMIC CONDITIONS, CONSCRIPTION, CONSUMER GOODS, CORRESPONDENCE|
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|Japanese unit names:||Malaya Expeditionary Force Oka 10413 Force|
Kagoshima [Japan–Formosa, Kyûshû, Kagoshima Prefecture]
|Content:||This is an Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS) translation of a Japanese publication captured in Luzon on 23 January 1945 during the US campaign to recapture the Philippines. This item is a collection of personal correspondence dated 21 April 1943 to 6 June 1944 belonging to NAGAMATSU, Isami, Malaya Expeditionary Force, OKA 10413 Force. Most of the extracts are from Mrs NAGAMATSU in Kagoshima to her husband. The letters explain the shortages of housing and commodities (fish, meat, fruit, rice, soap, ink, confectionary, paper, cooking oil, firewood, charcoal, clothing) being experienced in Japan. They also mention that compulsory military service now included men up to the age of 40 and men over 40 if they had undertaken active service. The letter also tells of strict travel restrictions and worsening morale: "I cannot sleep at all because I worry...When I think of the hardships you and other soldiers have to endure, I cannot complain of the shortages of rice, etc. I must work hard to help in winning the war."|
This item was of interest to ATIS because it provided an insight into the state of the economy and morale in Japan.
|Last modified:||03/05/2009 09:06:35 AM|
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