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Item title: Ration supply system and ration scale of Japanese Army in SWPA (South-West Pacific Area)
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Location:Australian War Memorial (AWM55 12/47)
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AJRP module: Australian War Memorial official records
AJRP series: Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS) publications
AJRP sub-series: ATIS research reports
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Location details
Institution: Australian War Memorial
Call number: AWM55 12/47
Inst. series: AWM55
Inst. sub-series: AWM55 12/-
Item: RR-69
Item qualities
Quantity / desc: 69 pages
Access: Open
Item type: Unpublished, Official
Category: Information report
Item content
Creation date (d/m/y): 6/2/1944
Conflict code: Pacific War (1941-1945)
Australian unit names:
Allied unit names:
Japanese unit names:Sasebo No. 5 Special Landing Party
Tsukioka Unit
Languages: English
Area:New Guinea [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands)]
Papua [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands)]
New Britain [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), Bismarck Archipelago]
Rabaul Area [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), Bismarck Archipelago, New Britain]
Buna Area [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), Papua, Owen Stanley Range]
Salamaua [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), New Guinea, Mubo–Salamaua Area]
Content: This is an Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS) research report issued on 6 February 1944 on the Japanese ration supply system for forces in the South-West Pacific Area. Based on material from late 1942 to 1943, this report contains information on the source of Japanese rations from inside and outside the South-West Pacific Area, the transport of rations to forward troops, containers for rations, bulk weight of rations, transport methods, amount and type of rations for individuals, provisions carried by individuals in various parts of New Guinea, "A" and "B" class rations, rations for patients and natives, amenities and cooking methods. The appendix includes a sketch map of Wewak in December 1942 with notes about local resources, sketches of resources and productive establishments around Rabaul and New Britain, a chart of the ration scale, a chart of the rice ration scale, a price list of canteen articles for sale by Sasebo No. 5 Special Landing Party, Tsukioka Unit, Buna Mission, on 8 January 1943, and data and instructions on rations supplied by air in October 1943. A concluding section summarises much of the information contained in the report and makes comments about plans to reduce the standard daily rations from 1.5 kilograms to 1 kilogram. During the final campaigns of the war the information compiled here by ATIS researchers would have been used by Allied commanders to direct attacks against Japanese supplies and their transports, particularly in Rabaul which supplied field warehouses in Lae and Salamaua.
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