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6th Kempeitai (6th Kempei-Tai)
Imperial Japanese Army

Background
The 6th Kempeitai (6th Kempei-Tai) Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) 6th Kempeitai was a military police unit that detained and interrogated Allied Prisoners Of War (POW) at Rabaul. Also known as the 6th Field Kempeitai (6th Field Kempei-Tai).

Wartime History
In early 1943, the 6th Kempeitai occupied a building that was a former Chinese Taylor shop at the corner of Casurine Street and Konbue Street in Rabaul. This location became known as the Rabaul Prisoner Compound (Rabaul POW Camp). The second floor of the building was used as the unit's living quarters and the lower levels converted into cells to detain Allied Prisoners Of War (POW).

Personnel
Major Saiji Matsuda (Executive Officer)
Captain Masao, second in command until transferred
Cpl Kato, guard
Pfc Wada, guard
Pvt Rasegawa, guard

References
Testimonial of Jose Holguin (1948) by Jose Holguin
Horio You Next Die! (1987) by Joseph G. Nason

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