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Item title: JA147143 supplementary interrogation report
Title (kanji)
Location:Australian War Memorial (AWM55 6/8)
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AJRP module: Australian War Memorial official records
AJRP series: Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS) publications
AJRP sub-series: ATIS interrogation reports
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Location details
Institution: Australian War Memorial
Call number: AWM55 6/8
Inst. series: AWM55
Inst. sub-series: AWM55 6/-
Item: IR-333 (Serial no. 475)
Item qualities
Quantity / desc: 3 pages
Access: Open
Item type: Unpublished, Official
Category: Interrogation report
Item content
Creation date (d/m/y): 8/7/1944
Conflict code: Pacific War (1941-1945)
Australian unit names:
Allied unit names:
Japanese unit names:141st Infantry Regt 2nd Bn 5th Coy
Names: JA147143, Sgt-Maj
Languages: English
Area:Takamatsu [Japan–Formosa, Shikoku, Kagawa Prefecture]
New Britain [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), Bismarck Archipelago]
Cape Campbell [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), Bismarck Archipelago, New Britain, Kimbe Bay]
Talasea [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), Bismarck Archipelago, New Britain, Kimbe Bay]
Rabaul Area [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), Bismarck Archipelago, New Britain]
Content: This is an Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS) interrogation report for Sergeant-Major JA147143 of the 141st Infantry Regiment 2nd Battalion 5th Company, who was captured between Cape Campbell and Talasea on 16 March 1944. JA147143, a 31 year old Sergeant-Major from Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture, was travelling in a small convoy of fishing boats en route to Garove Island when they were attacked by Allied patrol boats on 8 March 1944. Four vessels were sunk, but he and 11 others reached shore at Bula Daba on 15 March 1944 and began marching to Malalia. They spent one night in a native village before being handed over to US Marines at Talasea. During the interrogation, JA147143 provided information on his civil life as a policeman and how this prepared him for Army life, living conditions and public morale in Japan, attitude towards capture and his desire to work in Australia, attitude towards other races, absence of Allied propaganda leaflets, lack of exposure to radio broadcasting, and the attitude of Japanese soldiers towards military police. He thought that Japan was doomed to defeat in the Pacific as supply lines had become untenable and Allied air superiority was overwhelming.
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