American forces liberate South Korea

Accession Number F01244
Collection type Film
Measurement 9 min
Object type Actuality footage
Physical description 35mm/b&w/silent
Maker Driver, Roy
Place made Korea: Seoul
Date made 11 September 1945
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Australian troops captured at Singapore in 1942 and liberated in Korea by Allied forces after Japanese capitulation. Film commences with aerial shots of Korean landscape, moves to a panning shot of four smiling Australian soldiers, newly liberated, and further shots of American and Australian troops at ease. Brief shot of a hand-painted sign hung from a house : "Welcome the USA army!" Shots of American troops entering city of Keijo (now Seoul); Korean crowd scenes; allied troops smiling and waving to the camera; close up of an article in an English language newspaper, about the liberation of POW's; scenes of Australian troops wearing "pilgrim" hats; crowd scenes; another poster welcoming allied troops; allied troops visit a temple; Shots of American troops entering city of Keijo (now Seoul); Korean crowd scenes. The surrender ceremony, in which are seen: American Major General J R Hodge and Admiral T C Kinkaid, signing for Allies. Japanese Governor General of Korea, Nobiuki Abe, former Premier of Japan, Yoshio Sozuki, Japanese Army Commander and Gisaburo Yamagughi, Japanese Naval Officer Commanding Japanese Naval forces in Korea, sign for Japan. Identified POW's: WX10962 Cpl J Homewood, 4 Reserve Motor Transport Company; WX10962 Pte P. Healy, 4 RMT Coy; WX10981 Pte. T. Healy, 4 RMT Coy.; Staff Sgt. E.F. Read, 2/3rd Motor Ambulance Convoy; VX51601 Pte. F.H Smale 4 RMT Coy; VX33167 Pte. T.M. Whiteside, 27th Composite Bde Coy AASC; NX70339 Captain Herb Gerard, 8th Aust Division HQ; NX65515 Lieutenant H.W. Fraser; Len Bardsell Department of Information Correspondent.

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