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Japanese surrender ceremony aboard HMS Glory (R62) in Blanche Bay off Rabaul
The Japanese surrender delegation was led by Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) General Hitoshi Imamura, Commander 8th Army Area with Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) Vice Admiral Jinichi Kusaka, Commander South East Area Fleet plus their interpreters. Before signing, Imamura removed his sword and placed it on the table then signed three copies of the instrument of surrender. Afterwards, he requested that Vice Admiral Jinichi Kusaka also sign on behalf of the Navy. They officially surrendered all remaining Japanese forces in New Britain and Solomon Islands. The Allied representatives were led by Lt. General Sturdee, Commanding Officer of the First Australian Army and New Zealand represented by Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Air Commodore G. N. Robert, Commanding Officer (C. O.) of the Air Task Force and Wing Commander P. A. Matheson.
Credit: Royal Navy via AWM 045213  Date: September 6, 1945

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