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Item title: Letters from the South East Area Army to the 8th Military District
Title (romaji): Dai 8 gun kanku ate Nantô Hômengun shokan
Title (kanji)
Location:Australian War Memorial (AWM 82 2/319)
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AJRP details
AJRP module: Australian War Memorial official records
AJRP series: AWM 82 captured Japanese documents
AJRP sub-series: Post-surrender Rabaul material received from HQ 8 Military District
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Location details
Institution: Australian War Memorial
Call number: AWM 82 2/319
Inst. series: AWM 82
Inst. sub-series: 2/- Post-surrender material received from HQ 8 Military District (Rabaul)
Item: 2/319
Item qualities
Quantity / desc: 12 pages, typed carbon copy and handwritten in pencil
Access: Open
Item type: Unpublished, Official
Category: Correspondence
Item content
Creation date range (d/m/y): 6/4/1946 to 19/4/1946
Conflict code: Post-war (related to WW2)
Australian unit names: 8th Military District
Allied unit names:
Japanese unit names:South East Area Army
Sender: Chief of Staff, South East Area Army
Recipient: Chief of Staff, 8th Military District
Languages: English, Japanese
Area:Rabaul Area [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), Bismarck Archipelago, New Britain]
Content: This item consists of letters and drafts of letters from the Chief of Staff of the South East Area Army to his counterpart in the 8th Military District. The letter dated 6 April 1946 requests an increase in the number of defence lawyers and interpreters for war crimes trials. A request to this end was originally made on 19 March by General IMAMURA and approved verbally by the Commander-in-Chief of the 8th Military District. With reference to the imminent transfer of all Japanese servicemen to the 5th and 10th Camps, the letter dated 19 April discusses the amount of food to be taken when war crimes suspects are transferred to these camps. The sender proposes to standardise the volume of rations to be carried in order to ensure that sufficient food would be available immediately after the transfer. The item includes both a draft (in Japanese) and a carbon copy of the original (in English) of each letter. The item also includes a draft (in Japanese) of a letter sent on 17 April. The sender requests the Australian forces to order the heads of camp groups to provide personnel who would be suitable to act as interpreters and typists for war crimes trials. Names and ranks of candidates are mentioned in the letter.
AWM 82 captured Japanese document details
Title: Letters from the South East Area Army to the 8th Military District
ATIS number:
Item status: Original document
Item type: Unpublished, Official
Names (kanji ):
Sender: Chief of Staff, South East Area Army
Sender (kanji):
Recipient: Chief of Staff, 8th Military District
Recipient (kanji):
Japanese unit names: South East Area Army
Japanese unit names (romaji):Nantô Hômengun
Japanese unit names (kanji)
Place of acquisition: Rabaul Area
Date of acquisition:
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