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Item title: Notes and charts on invasion manoeuvres
Title (kanji)
Location:Australian War Memorial (AWM55 5/15)
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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 5/15
Inst. series: AWM55
Inst. sub-series: AWM55 5/-
Item: EP-168
Item qualities
Quantity / desc: 30 pages
Access: Open
Item type: Unpublished, Official
Category: Administrative document, Instruction manual
Item content
Creation date (d/m/y): 12/8/1944
Conflict code: Pacific War (1941-1945)
Australian unit names:
Allied unit names:
Japanese unit names:
Names: SAKURADA Takeshi, Shipping Group Cdr
Languages: English
Area:Hollandia (Jayapura) [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), Dutch New Guinea (Irian Jaya)]
Mindanao [Philippines]
Content: This is an Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS) translation of a Japanese publication captured at Hollandia (Jayapura) on 21 May 1944 during the Allied attacks on Japanese positions in northern Dutch New Guinea, which were intended to isolate the 18th Army at Wewak. This item is an extract from a booklet entitled "Notes on Officers' manoeuvres under command of Shipping Group (Heidan) Commander", issued by Shipping Group Commander SAKURADA Takeshi, on 25 July 1943. This document is a plan for a hypothetical tactical invasion manoeuvre, with Mindanao arbitrarily selected as "M" Island. The results of this exercise were expected to revolutionise the landing operations employed by the Japanese Army. As part of the hypothetical exercise, "M" Island was relocated off the coast of northern Australia. From here, a successful invasion would allow the Japanese to then plan a "large-scale invasion operation against the AUSTRALIAN Area from the early part of August".

Although the plan is detailed, it is unlikely that the exercise was part of any serious attempt to countenance an invasion of the Australian mainland. At this stage of the war the Japanese Army and Navy had neither the capacity or inclination to undertake such an ambitious endeavour.

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