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Item title: Report on investigation of illegal firing by native policeman at Anggopi, Biak Island
Title (kanji)
Location:Australian War Memorial (AWM55 5/30)
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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 5/30
Inst. series: AWM55
Inst. sub-series: AWM55 5/-
Item: EP-340
Item qualities
Quantity / desc: 10 pages
Access: Open
Item type: Unpublished, Official
Category: Information report
Item content
Creation date (d/m/y): 29/3/1945
Conflict code: Pacific War (1941-1945)
Australian unit names:
Allied unit names:
Japanese unit names:Ume Organisation
Names: PETORUSU, Warikara
Languages: English
Area:Mokmer [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), Dutch New Guinea (Irian Jaya), Biak Island]
Biak Island [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), Dutch New Guinea (Irian Jaya)]
Content: This is an Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS) translation of a Japanese publication captured at Mokmer, Biak Island, on 26 June 1944 during the Allied attacks of Japanese positions in northern Dutch New Guinea, which were intended to isolate the 18th Army at Wewak. This item is booklet entitled "Report on investigation of illegal firing by native policeman Petorusu", issued on 21 April 1944 by the Ume Organisation. The report concerns the firing of a pistol by native policeman Petorusu Warikara at Anggopi village on Biak Island. The report concluded that although the shot fired by Petorusu was not aimed, he might have fired the pistol to threaten the Japanese Army. A death sentence was passed for Petorusu and the Village Chief, Natanieru, who was charged with asking for a demonstration of the pistol. The sentences were to be carried out at the earliest possible date as a lesson to the natives. It is not clear from this document if the sentences were carried out.

In English, Petorusu is Petrus and Natanieru is Nathaniel.
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