|Oceania: Pacific Islands, Solomon Islands, Bougainville, South Bougainville
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Second World War, 1939-1945
Autographed furoshiki (wrapping cloth) carried by Japanese soldier Tsuchiya Akira, South Bougainville, 1945
Synthetic fabric furoshiki, a wrapping cloth used to carry personal items. Cloth is printed in blue, grey, brown, mauve and orange with a map of South East Asia, aeroplane, ship and a printed patriotic marching song. Song translates as 'Both in defence and offence, we can depend on our floating castle of black steel [i.e.Japan]. We must defend to the end all sides of the Japanese empire, which is our floating castle'. There is also a short hand written poem indicating that Tsuchiya is the writer's third son to enlist, 'I have seen my sons leave for the battlefields three times on a fine day of play'. Also on the cloth is 'To Tsuchiya Akira from all the staff of the Minenobu office'.
Obtained by VX8774 Gunner Eric Joseph Knight, 2 Field Regiment from a Japanese soldier captured on South Bougainville in 1945.