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Item title: Bismarck Sea operation February-March 1943
Title (kanji)
Location:Australian War Memorial (AWM55 5/1)
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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 5/1
Inst. series: AWM55
Inst. sub-series: AWM55 5/-
Item: EP-7 part 1
Item qualities
Quantity / desc: 99 pages
Access: Open
Item type: Unpublished, Official
Category: Intelligence report
Item content
Creation date (d/m/y): 29/3/1943
Conflict code: Pacific War (1941-1945)
Australian unit names:
Allied unit names:
Japanese unit names:South Seas Force
Names: MATSUSHIMA Shichi-Hei; KITAMURA Yokichi; TSURUME Tadashi
Languages: English
Area:Bismarck Sea [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), New Guinea]
Lae–Markham River Area [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), New Guinea, Huon Peninsula]
Salamaua [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), New Guinea, Mubo–Salamaua Area]
Goodenough Island [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), Papuan Islands, D'Entrecasteaux Islands]
Rabaul [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), Bismarck Archipelago, New Britain, Rabaul Area]
Content: This item is an Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS) translation of a Japanese document salvaged from Goodenough Island on 8 March 1943. This document was taken to Goodenough Island by survivors of Teiyo Maru, part of the troop convoy sunk by Allied forces en route to Lae on 3 March 1943. It gives a fragmentary account of the Japanese plans to strengthen their forces at Lae and Salamaua. It includes a landing plan, embarkation distributions, supply inventories, distribution of transport vessels and commanders, distribution of air cover, distribution of troops, details of unloading operations, naval course charts, and sketch maps of Lae and surrounding area. It also contains preliminary interrogation reports for MATSUSHIMA Shichi-Hei, KITAMURA Yokichi, and TSURUME Tadashi.

This document provided important details about the nature and strength of Japanese forces in the area and was widely distributed.

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