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Item title: Fragment of anonymous Japanese soldier's diary
Title (romaji): Mumei heishi no nikki danpen
Title (kanji)
Location:Australian War Memorial (PR00467)
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AJRP details
AJRP module: Australian War Memorial private records
AJRP series: AWM Japanese language material
AJRP sub-series: Captured Japanese diaries
AJRP folder:
Location details
Institution: Australian War Memorial
Call number: PR00467
Inst. series: Various
Inst. sub-series: Various
Item: PR00467
Item qualities
Quantity / desc: 8 photocopied pages
Access: Open
Item type: Unpublished, Private
Category: Personal diary
Item content
Creation date range (d/m/y): 22/4/1943 to 28/4/1943
Conflict code: Pacific War (1941-1945)
Australian unit names:
Allied unit names:
Japanese unit names:
Languages: English, Japanese
Area:New Guinea [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands)]
Content: This item is a photocopy of a transcript from an anonymous Japanese soldier's diary. The transcript is only a part of the original diary and covers the period from 22 to 28 April 1943. Judging from the inserted note which reads "New Guinea, Mimika County, Kekuwa, 39 years ago", the transcript was made in 1981. The diary describes the discovery of the wreck of an Allied aircraft, the soldiers gathering the remains, burying them, and placing flowers on the grave. The diary also give details on the lives and culture of the local New Guinea natives, and the prices of food and goods in New Guinea. The aircraft described in the diary as A16-128 is actually believed to be the RAAF Hudson A16-169 aircraft. The diary is accompanied by an English translation.
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Last modified:12/14/2000 04:57:13 PM
Source:AJRP staff

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