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Item title: JA147656 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-355 (Serial no. 500)
Item qualities
Quantity / desc: 3 pages
Access: Open
Item type: Unpublished, Official
Category: Interrogation report
Item content
Creation date (d/m/y): 17/7/1944
Conflict code: Pacific War (1941-1945)
Australian unit names:
Allied unit names:
Japanese unit names:1st Shipping Repair Unit
Names: JA147656, civilian employee
Languages: English
Area:Kanagawa Prefecture [Japan–Formosa, Honshû]
Hollandia (Jayapura) [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), Dutch New Guinea (Irian Jaya)]
Content: This is an Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS) interrogation report for JA147656, a civilian employee with the 1st Shipping Repair Unit, who was captured at Tanahmerah, near Hollandia, on 4 May 1944. JA147656, a 41 year old mechanic from Kanagawa Prefecture, was captured by natives and handed over to US troops. During the interrogation, JA147656 explained that he abhorred military service and hated fighting, that as a civilian he escaped much of the harsh treatment dealt to soldiers, spoke of social conditions in Japan, that he was surprised at the kind treatment he received from US troops, that he wished to work in any foreign country after the war, that Japan was entirely to blame for the outbreak of hostilities and would deservedly lose the war, that when he saw an Allied propaganda leaflet he felt a strong urge to return to Japan, that he thought Allied propaganda well written but was ordered not to read such material.
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