Anonymous Japanese Officer

Place Oceania: New Guinea, Huon Peninsula, Ramu River Finisterre Ranges Area, Ramu River Area
Accession Number PR00947
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 cm (1 item)
Object type Diary
Date made 1943
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Handwritten translation (7 pages) of a diary allegedly found on the body of a Japanese officer on 17 November 1943. It is dated 1 October - 16 November 1943 and appears to relate to places in the Ramu Valley area of New Guinea. It describes military operations including casualties, scarcity of food especially their reliance on potatoes, living like rats, American bombing and Japanese offensives against Australian troops. A photocopy of a similar translation of the same diary is held at PR85/059.