This presentation, by Eugene Abraham and Phyl Twigg, will reveal the wealth of information on Japan and some Pacific islands on topics ranging from black and white aerial maps, communication and coastal landing sites, food and water supplies, medical problems, meteorological conditions and more.
From 1943 to 1945 over 80 Military Terrain Handbooks were published to provide basic topographical information of interest to Allied Forces in Japanese-occupied areas in the Pacific. At the time, they represented the best information available, especially in remote areas which had not been occupied by Allied Troops. Hence, they were marked “restricted” as the information they contained was considered so valuable that they were ordered to “be destroyed if in danger of falling into enemy hands.”
At the time, from July 1941 to July 1942, Australia was experiencing the threat of Japan occupying and dominating the entire Pacific Region, with Pearl Harbour, the fall of Singapore, the bombing of Darwin, the attacks on Sydney Harbour, the Kokoda Track, and the bombing of many other Australian towns, all within a few months of each other.
22 February 2024
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