|Collection number||Leaflets Collection (Far Eastern Liaison Office Leaflets) J170|
|Collection type||Published Collection|
|Measurement||Overall: 14.2 x 17.8 cm|
Far Eastern Liaison Office
|Date made||26 February 1944|
Second World War, 1939-1945
|Copying Provisions||Copyright expired. Copying permitted subject to physical condition. Permission for reproduction not required.|
Nihongun shôhei shokun [To officers and men of the Japanese forces].
A propaganda leaflet produced by the Far Eastern Liaison Office (FELO) during the Second World War. This leaflet is written in Japanese and was distributed to Melanesia and the Netherlands East Indies. It is accompanied by an English translation of the text. The message discusses the capture of Japanese bases on the Marshall Islands, the bombings of positions at Rabaul and Kavieng, the attack on Truk and the dismissal of two Japanese Chiefs of Staff as a result of these defeats. The message states that Prime Minister Tojo's decision to dismiss the Chiefs of Staff can be seen as his admission of the failure of the Japanese Forces as well as his loss of confidence in Japan's victory. In conclusion, the message stresses that the Japanese Headquarters decided to abandon the South Pacific and to concentrate on the defence of the homeland and surroundings.