40,000 Japanese negotiate surrender: Halmahera Force

Accession Number F01249
Collection type Film
Measurement 2 min 58 sec
Object type Actuality footage
Physical description 35mm/b&w/silent
Maker Bagnall, Frank N
Place made Netherlands East Indies: Halmahera Island
Date made 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


Six Patrol Torpedo boats left Morotai for the Halmaheras for a rendezvous with the Japanese Commander of the Moluccas Lieutentant General Ischii who commanded 40,000 troops on the Halmaheras and Morotai. The Japanese party consisted of seven officers and two other ranks. General Ischii led the party who and was accompanied by his Operations Officer Colonel Koshigi and his adjutant Captain Wamachi. American interpreter 1st Lieutenant Irwin Kline of New York City took down the names and appointments of the officers as they arrived and they were presented to Brigadier General Warren H McNaught Assistant Divisional Commander 93 Division who refused to return salutes offered to him by the officers. The Japanese Naval Party was led by Captain Fujita accompanied by his adjutant and the fleet Surgeon. They all carried their Samurai swords and were escorted to Morotai where negotiations were still in progress. RAAF Catalinas covered the operation.

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