Tokyo surrender

Accession Number F01272
Collection type Film
Measurement 7 min 46 sec
Object type Actuality footage
Physical description 35mm/b&w/silent
Maker Driver, Roy
Place made Japan: Tokyo Bay
Date made 2 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


On 2 September 1945 the instrument of surrender was signed by the Japanese foreign minister, Mamoru Shigemitsu, at a ceremony held on board the upper deck of the USS Missouri. Four minutes after Shigemitsu signed, General Douglas MacArthur signed, followed by the representatives of Allied countries in the following order: USA - Admiral Chester Nimitz; China - General Hsu Yung-Chang; Great Britain - Admiral Sir Bruce Fraser; USSR - Lieutenant-General K N Derevyanko; Australia - General Sir Thomas Blamey; Canada - Col L Moore-Cosgrove; France - General B J Le Clere; Netherlands - Admiral Conrad Helfrick; New Zealand - Air Vice Marshal Sir L Isitt, KBE, Legion of Merit (US). Australian contingent present: Air Vice Marshal W D Bostock, Commodore J A Collins, Rear Admiral G Moore, Air Vice Marshal G Jones, Lieutenant General Berryman, Lieutenant Colonel D H Dwyer, Captain Balfour and A/B Robert Skinner RAN who was the only Australian sailor to be present at the ceremony.

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