Australian War Memorial - AJRP

Home | About | Database | Research | Maps | Sitemap | Search | Links | Thanks | Translations | What's New | Japanese

Item title: Japanese knowledge of Allied activities, derived from security leaks or espionage
Title (kanji)
Location:Australian War Memorial (AWM55 12/43)
View information about obtaining a copy of this document
AJRP details
AJRP module: Australian War Memorial official records
AJRP series: Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS) publications
AJRP sub-series: ATIS research reports
AJRP folder:
Location details
Institution: Australian War Memorial
Call number: AWM55 12/43
Inst. series: AWM55
Inst. sub-series: AWM55 12/-
Item: RR-65
Item qualities
Quantity / desc: 41 pages
Access: Open
Item type: Unpublished, Official
Category: Information report
Item content
Creation date (d/m/y): 5/12/1943
Conflict code: Pacific War (1941-1945)
Australian unit names:
Allied unit names:
Japanese unit names:
Languages: English
Area:Lae [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), New Guinea, Huon Peninsula, Lae–Markham River Area]
Salamaua [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), New Guinea, Mubo–Salamaua Area]
Bulolo [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands), New Guinea, Wau Area]
New Guinea [Melanesia (PNG, Irian Jaya & Solomon Islands)]
Content: This is an Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS) research report on Japanese knowledge of Allied activities, gained through security leaks or espionage. This report is an information bulletin issued on 5 December 1943. It contains information on the importance attached by the Japanese to using Allied prisoners of war and captured documents as a source of tactical information; examples of military information derived from Japanese interrogation of Allied and native prisoners; the attitude of natives towards the Japanese military forces; the existence of a Native Intelligence Organisation; examples of information garnered from native sources and examples of information of military value from Allied broadcasts, German intelligence, observation of air activity and listing posts. The appendices include a sketch showing Allied dispositions in Eastern New Guinea as garnered from the interrogation of a captured US Air Corps officer; information gained from the interrogation of three native soldiers of the New Guinea Expeditionary Force captured on 12 June 1943 at Bulolo, and a chart showing the result of observations of supply drops by Allied aircraft in the Lae-Salamaua area. The report concluded that the Japanese attached great importance to the capture of Allied prisoners and documentation and would take action on the basis of information gained from such sources. The ATIS researchers determined that the Japanese had successfully obtained information of great military value from the interrogation of prisoners and captured documents. The native population had also been used for reconnaissance and espionage purposes. The Japanese intercepted Allied broadcasts and wireless communications and useful information relayed to operational forces. Japanese intelligence officers also used supply drop records to estimate the number of Allied troops in a given area.
Other information
Last modified:03/05/2009 09:03:48 AM
Source:AJRP staff

The AJRP has wound up its activities at the Memorial for the moment.
Please contact the relevant officer of the Australian War Memorial for assistance.
Internet implementation by Fulton Technology and AJRP staff .
Visit the Australian War Memorial home page.
Visit the award-winning web-site of the Australian War Memorial