In total, American aircraft dropped 20,000 tons of bombs on the town and vicinity. commander. [1] Rabaul's strategic location, multiple airfields and large natural harbor made it the ideal staging base for ships, aircraft, troops and supplies during the New Guinea and Guadalcanal campaigns. Robertson) called a parade of representatives of every unit of the 6th Division on September 13, when a simple ceremony was staged on the The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954), Fri 7 Sep 1945, Page 1 - SURRENDER OF 139.000 JAPANESE OFF RABAUL You have corrected this article This article has been corrected by You and other Voluntroves This article has been corrected by Voluntroves This service commemorated the signing of the Instrument of Surrender on HMS Glory near Rabaul on 6 September 1945. Rabaul lies on Blanche Bay inside the hook-nosed north-eastern tip of the Gazelle Peninsula of New Britain, the largest and most important island of the Bismarck Archipelago. Union Jack with the Royal Cipher centred) flew from the mast-an unusual The surrender of Japanese forces in Rabaul and surrounding islands was formally signed on board the British aircraft carrier HMS Glory (Captain W. Buzzard) anchored off Rabaul on September 6, 1945. little to the rear were Major-General K W Eather, General Officer placing it on the table in front of General Sturdee. The Japanese were handed Japanese "A hell on earth" was the description given of Rabaul by Sergeant G. Blythe, of Nottingham. While Kokoda continues to loom large in the minds of Australians, Rabaul hardly resonates. Approximately 65 Japanese ships were sunk in the harbour by Allied air attacks.. officer (Lt-Colonel L K Shave), the master-at-arms and a guard of Royal Consider the Jap as he was a week or so ago. Meanwhile, on Ballalae Island, the prisoners suffered the same horrendous conditions as those at … Following another raid on Christmas Eve, US Navy carriers attacked the Japanese force at Kavieng, New Ireland in unison with an air raid on Rabaul. Sali Herman witnessed the surrender of General Imamura Hitoshi, commander of the Japanese Eight Army, at Rabaul, New Guinea, and later painted the scene. Here, the Japanese command had invested men and supplies into building an airfield at Munda, all of which proved to be a waste. In February, the Japanese command decided to pull all remaining Japanese airmen and their crews from Rabaul. This service commemorated the signing of the Instrument of Surrender on HMS Glory near Rabaul on 6 September 1945. During World War II, the Imperial Japanese utilised the harbour as a major naval base. Allied missions against Rabaul On September 6, 1945 aboard Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Glory in St George's Channel between New Britain and New Ireland, the General Officer Commanding First Australian Army (Lt-General V A H Sturdee) accepted the surrender of Lt-General Imamura and Vice-Admiral Kusaka, who were in command of about 139,000 Japanese in New Britain, New Ireland, New Guinea, the Solomons … January became a busy month for Allied aircraft. Marines. General Imamura added his signature in The General Officer Commanding 6th Division (Major-General H. C. H. After its capture by the South Sea Force in January 1942, Rabaul was developed into a major fleet base by the Japanese, eventually becoming the most heavily defended Japanese position in the South Pacific. The neutralization of Rabaul was ultimately a disaster for the Japanese. The document was completed by the affixing of 1945-09-06. the surrender ceremony on board the aircraft carrier hms glory. Commanding Eleventh Division, and the commander of the Glory (Captain W Owing to consistent bombing by the allied forces the town was totally destroyed,the Surrender of the Japanese forces saw the return of Australian troops to Rabaul. This marked the end of Japanese air resistance to Allied planes over Rabaul. On either side of him and a He was instructed to hand over his sword, which he did by The only opposition over Rabaul was anti-aircraft fire, so attacking became a normalcy for Allied airmen and their maintenance crews. By 1943 there were about 110,000 Japanese troops based in Rabaul. In the days following the invasion of Rabaul, the Japanese began mopping up operations starting on Jan 24. Of the 82 men who remained in Rabaul, 18 are alive to-day. The first "large scale" strike took place on 23 December. The Australians tried to restrict its development soon after its capture by a bom… Translations of the word RABAUL from german to english and examples of the use of "RABAUL" in a sentence with their translations: Einem Kriegsgefangenen in Rabaul . "[by whom?] Surrender of Japanese Forces at Rabaul, 6th of September 2020 CDF Address Firstly, I want to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet — the Ngunnawal People — and pay my respects to their elders past, present and emerging. front of the table at which General Robertson was seated. Three RNZAF P-40s were lost, two with their pilots. As the final book in Bruce Gamble’s esteemed trilogy on the War in the Pacific, 'Target: Rabaul' picks up where Fortress Rabaul, the second installment, leaves off — and sets the stage for the major Allied aerial engagements of 1943–1954, which would result in the defeat of Japan. Most of Japan's warships would then be withdrawn on 6 November. Throughout the Solomons Campaign, neutralizing Rabaul became the primary objective of the Allied effort in the Solomons. Allied fighters and bombers continued to attack Rabaul through 1944 and 1945. [citation needed], After the Japanese lost their hold on Guadalcanal in early 1943, Allied forces began the push up the Solomon Islands towards Rabaul. With AE2, she took part in the operations leading to the occupation of German New Guinea, including the surrender of Rabaul on 13 September 1914. in New Britain, New Ireland, New Guinea, the Solomons and adjacent of the runway and moved slowly forward past Australian personnel until they were twenty yards in March 1943, Washington, D.C.: Major General George Kenney, commander of the 5th Air Force, beg Surrender at Rabaul. ... the surrender of all japanese forces in new guinea, new britain and the solomons, by general h. imamura, commander eighth area army and vice admiral j. kusaka, commander south east area fleet, was accepted by lieutenant general v.a.h. The Japanese quickly repaired the damage to Rabaul's airfield and Rabaul became the biggest Japanese base in New Guinea, and the lynchpin to their defences in the region. 1945-09-06. the surrender ceremony on board the aircraft carrier hms glory, showing lieutenant general v.a.h. at sea off rabaul, new britain. Buzzard, RN). Information These attacks succeeded in damaging six of the seven Japanese cruisers present in Simpson Harbour, ending the Japanese threat to the Bougainville landings. A small group took time to reflect on this significant historical moment at the Rabaul … Description: Japanese Lieutenant General Hitoshi Imamura, Commander of the Japanese 8th Area Army, signing the instrument of surrender on board the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Glory (R62) off Rabaul, New Britain, 6 September 1945. During the eruption ash was sent thousands of metres into … A following raid on 11 November including the three carriers of Task Group 50.3 commanded by Rear Admiral Alfred E. Montgomery inflicted additional damage on the light cruiser Agano and shot down 35 Japanese aircraft. Freely downloadable at the Internet Archive, where I first uploaded it. The Japanese posted up and dropped from planes leaflets in English stating, “You can find neither food nor way of escape in this island and you will only die of hunger unless you surrender.” Starting on 4 January 1942, Rabaul came under attack by large numbers of Japanese carrier-based aircraft. The attack did not receive a large response from the Japanese, so only seven Japanese fighters were lost. During the ceremony the flag of the Australian general (a documents, and high-ranking Navy, Army and Air Force officers. While the best known struggles took a heavy toll in human lives, another strategy was evolving. table and behind it stood General Sturdee. They were brought here and then 517 were killed in a bombing raid on Rabaul Harbour. japanese surrender at rabaul on hms glory 6th september 1945 A few weeks after completing our OTU on Kittyhawks at Ohakea in August 1944, I was posted to Ardmore for Corsair Conversion - then into No 16 Corsair Squadron in training for their next tour in the Pacific on Green Island, just north of the Solomons and 4° south of the Equator. Near by were the interpreter (Captain Worth) and Major N. J. 1945-09-06. The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. English: This document is a World War II Instrument of Surrender by Japanese Forces in New Guinea, New Britain, New Ireland, Bougainville and adjacent islands. Artist: Herman, Sali (1946). Some days before our arrival the surrender had been signed in Rabaul Harbour on HMS Glory, an aircraft carrier of the British Pacific Fleet. Line 2.0.2. tish aircraft carrier Glory off Rabaul yesterday morning, Line 2.0.3. At nightfall on 12 September, Berrima landed the AN&MEF infantry battalion at Rabaul. This point was quickly settled by the ordering of Admiral A30499.jpg From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository sight on a British ship. The following afternoon, despite the fact that the German governor had not surrendered the territory, a ceremony was carried out to signal the British occupation of New Britain. Officers of I-400 in front of the plane hangar, photographed by the US Navy following the surrender of the submarine at sea, one week after the end of hostilities. Panama Canal strike RABAUL… On receiving orders to sign the document General Imamura "A hell on earth" was the description given of Rabaul by Sergeant G. Blythe, of Nottingham. Eventually Allied forces came to use Rabaul as a live-fire exercise to give aircrew some taste of combat before committing them elsewhere in the theater. In the second I changed it to August 1945, when the Japanese actually surrendered. References Edit Citations Edit 2014 Mar 21 - Surrender. and Vice-Admiral Kusaka, who were in command of about 139,000 Japanese On September 6, 1945 aboard Royal Navy aircraft carrier It is a small, but relevant, point. F. Wright, personal assistant to the GOC, holding the surrender Japanese Navy. signature. It lies about 600 kilometres to the east of the island of New Guinea. islands. With Rabaul's offensive capabilities neutralized, the Allies decided to forgo a ground assault, electing instead to reinforce their foothold on the southern coast of New Britain against any potential Japanese counter-attack while allowing the Rabaul garrison to "wither on the vine." Surrender at Rabaul sturdee, general officer commanding first army. Contribute them on the table. The party was disarmed and their name cards collected. lettering brushes for signing. The capture of Bougainville and Buka brought Rabaul within range of land-based US Navy and Marine Corps tactical bombers, setting the stage for the pacification campaign to follow. The first air attack in the pacification campaign was planned for 17 December 1943. Rabaul was the provincial capital and most important settlement in the province until it was destroyed in 1994 by falling ash from a volcanic eruption in its harbor. Rather than attempt to capture the heavily fortified position, the Allies determined to neutralize Rabaul by isolating it and eliminating its airpower. They were brought here and then 517 were killed in a bombing raid on Rabaul Harbour. Their valuable mechanics attempted to leave Rabaul by ship on 21 February, but their ship, the Kokai Maru, was sunk by Allied bombers. 75th Anniversary since Pacific War ended in Rabaul 75th anniversary service at the Australian War Memorial today. Of the 82 men who remained in Rabaul, 18 are alive to-day. The regular attacks became known as "milk runs" among the Allied air crews. sturdee, general officer commanding first army, signing the instrument of surrender. Today is the 75th anniversary of the signing of the surrender document of the Japanese forces in the SW Pacific, aboard the British Naval Carrier HMS Glory off the coast of Rabaul in 1945. Jininchi Kusaka to sign for the Navy. (Lt-General V A H Sturdee) accepted the surrender of Lt-General Imamura Wom Airfield at Cape Wom (Wom). Line 2.0.1. A photo taken from a Marine SBD during an airstrike on Rabaul, 1944. Credit: Public Domain. 75th Anniversary since Pacific War ended in Rabaul 75th anniversary service at the Australian War Memorial today. Following the surrender HMAS Shepparton , hydrographic survey ship, HMAS Reserve , and the AMS's Kiama , Dubbo , Lithgow and Townsville had been busy locating and 'danning' our own and Japanese minefields and sweeping a channel clear of mines, pending our arrival. which was translated sentence by sentence. They also expanded the facilities by constructing army barracks and support structures. 10.50 p.m.) SYDNEY, Sept. 6. This raid destroyed 52 Japanese aircraft and five warships. afterwards the ship's company paraded in two ranks on the flight deck of [6] The Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force captured Rabaul during World War I after entering Simpson Harbour.. During World War II, the Imperial Japanese utilised the harbour as a major naval base. The Navy carriers would return to Kavieng on 1 January 1944. January proved costly for the Japanese: 266 fighters were credited to US Marine Corps fighters and bomber gunners alone, not including the physical damage done to Rabaul's land defenses. The Memorial is situated in Rabaul (Bita Paka) War Cemetery, which is located approximately 50 kilometres south of Rabaul, and approximately 5 kilometres south-west of Kokopo. General Imamura, Japanese South-Eastern Army Chief, signing the official document for the surrender of 139,000 Japanese in New Britain, New Ireland, the Solomons and New Guinea. It was in September that the surrender was accepted in New Britain - I doubt if Rabaul would have been bombed after the actual surrender in Japan. Consider the Jap as he was a week or so ago. Allied fighters and bombers continue to attack the town through 1944 and 1945. The Japanese heavily relied on it, and used it as a launching point for Japanese reinforcements to New Guinea and Guadalcanal. General Sturdee's signature. The Japanese army dug many kilometers of tunnels as shelter from Allied air attacks. Thus, troops on islands that had been bypassed, such as the major base at Rabaul, were useless to the Japanese war effort and left to “wither on the vine.” MacArthur greatly supported this strategy in his effort to regain the Philippines. Between 70 and 120 Japanese aircraft flew from Rabaul to Truk (which had recently been raided by US Navy carrier aircraft) on the morning of 19 February. Vice Admiral Jinichi Kusaka, Commander of the Japanese Southeast Area Fleet, stands by to add his signature to the document. Battle of Rabaul; Part of World War II, Pacific War: Late January 1942. A warm welcome was provided by Mr Matt Anderson PSM, Director of the Australian War Memorial. A similar attack took place on 19 December, which cost the Japanese four aircraft, two credited to Marine fighters. US forces then pushed the Japanese out of the New Georgia island group in August 1943. The surrender of Japan on September 2, 1945, brought the hostilities of World War II to a close. explained through interpreters that he could not sign also for the At the head of the gangway the Japanese party was met by the deck 18th Army, Lt. General Hatazo Adachi arrived aboard a jeep at the southern end Take the story of 600 British prisoners taken at Singapore. Soon Bypassed by the Allies, Rabaul remained in Japanese hands for the duration of the war and was subject to almost daily air raids, left to "wither on a vine" until the Japanese surrender. HMS Glory in St George's Channel RABAUL SURRENDER SIGNING OF DOCUMENT CEREMONY ON CARRIER (Rec. Throughout the month, the Japanese command devoted valuable carrier aircraft and carrier pilots to the defense of Rabaul. RABAUL - Reduction and Redemption. The surrender of Japanese forces in Rabaul and surrounding islands was formally signed on board the British aircraft carrier HMS Glory (Captain W. Buzzard) anchored off Rabaul on September 6, 1945. [Corrrected in … Naval Photographic Center film #15756. [2], With the major Japanese possessions around Rabaul captured, Allied air forces could then begin the permanent neutralization of Rabaul. between New Britain and New Ireland, the General Officer Commanding First Australian Army and a very surprising ending . Three copies were signed, one for Australia, one for HMS Glory, and the . As a part of Operation Cartwheel the U.S. Fifth Air Force, the Royal Australian Air Force and the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF), all under the command of General George Kenney, began a sustained bombing campaign against the airfields and port of Rabaul in late 1943. Do you have photos or additional information to add. signature. By isolating Rabaul, the Allies effectively made its large garrison (which outnumbered the defenders on Okinawa) prisoners of war without having to fight them. at sea off rabaul, new britain. 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Japanese appreciated the consideration which had been shown to them and The initial mission was delivered by 349 aircraft on 12 October 1943, but it could not be followed up immediately due to bad weather. . Japanese forces landed on Rabaul on 23 February 1942, capturing it in February of that year. The Japanese commander of the Japanese Approximately 65 Japanese ships were sunk in the harbour by Allied air attacks. By the summer of 1943, Rabaul … March 1943, Washington, D.C.: Major General George Kenney, commander of the 5th Air Force, beg 1945-09-06. the surrender ceremony on board the aircraft carrier hms glory, showing lieutenant general v.a.h. The Allied forces began to call the attack on Rabaul town ‘milk run’. The Pacific War was a battle for islands and against a foe that knew not surrender. The United States Fifth Air Force aircraft made small attacks in October, and a major Allied air raid on Rabaul took place on 3 November. It would be based out of Torokina Airfield on Bougainville, and consisted of thirty-one Marine F4U Corsairs, twenty-three RNZAF P-40 fighters, twenty-two US Navy F6F Hellcats, and a slightly smaller number of Army Air Forces B-24 bombers. sturdee, general officer commanding first army. Battles were bloody and costly on both sides. third for the Japanese. A small group took time to reflect on this significant historical moment at the Rabaul … : 1848 - 1957), Mon 10 Sep 1945, Page 3 - FIRST STORY OF POW's FROM RABAUL You have corrected this article This article has been corrected by You and other Voluntroves This article has been corrected by Voluntroves From mainland New Guinea, some civilians and individual officers from the Australian New Guinea Administrative Unit organised unofficial rescue missions to New Britain, and between March and May about 450 troops and civilians were evacuated by sea. The Japanese officers then handed over their swords, placing It was completed by the addition of the Australian general's and saluted. This Instrument of Surrender is one of a number of surrender documents signed by representatives from Japanese and Allied forces in various areas across the Asia–Pacific region at the end of the World War II. Sali Herman witnessed the surrender of General Imamura Hitoshi, commander of the Japanese Eight Army, at Rabaul, New Guinea, and later painted the scene. Lt-Gen. Hitoshi Imamura, commander of the Japanese. Australian soldiers (right centre) retreating from Rabaul cross the Warangoi/Adler River in the Bainings Mountains, on the eastern side of Gazelle Peninsula. The seemingly hopeless situation in which the Japanese pilots were being fed into was nicknamed "the sinkhole in the Bismarcks. On the starboard side of the flight deck had been placed a After the first Japanese attempt to repel the Allied amphibious invasion of Bougainville was thwarted by the United States Navy surface forces at the Battle of Empress Augusta Bay, the Imperial Japanese Navy sent a large naval force from Truk to Rabaul for a second attempt. Marine Raiders and United States Army troops landed in the Russell Islands shortly after, and an airbase was established there. The former Australian territory was transformed into a major Japanese naval and air installation. Most civilian men were forced to stay in Rabaul but women who were not necessary to the defence of the base were evacuated in December 1941, shortly before Japanese air raids began. [citation needed] Starting on 1 November, US Marines began landed at Cape Torokina, on Bougainville, where several airfields were constructed by Allied forces. Today is the 75th anniversary of the signing of the surrender document of the Japanese forces in the SW Pacific, aboard the British Naval Carrier HMS Glory off the coast of Rabaul in 1945. World War II - World War II - The fall of Singapore: Meanwhile, on February 8 and 9, three Japanese divisions had landed on Singapore Island; and on February 15 they forced the 90,000-strong British, Australian, and Indian garrison there, under Lieutenant General A.E. After the odds facing the Australians mounted significantly, the RAAF commander, Lerew, signalled RAAF HQ in Melbourne with the Latinmotto "Nos Morituri Te Salutamus" ("we who are about to die salute you"), the p… Percival, to surrender. The instrument Rabaul is a township in East New Britain province, on the island of New Britain, in the country of Papua New Guinea. that they would immediately implement the orders given by the Australian Forty Japanese fighters responded this time, with thirty claimed to be destroyed by Allied fighters, though Japanese records do not match the Allied claims. By isolating Rabaul, the Allies effectively made its large garrison (which outnumbered the defenders on Okinawa) prisoners of war without having to fight them. The only opposition over Rabaul was anti-aircraft fire, so attacking became … History. The signing took place on board the aircraft carrier HMS Glory off the coast of Rabaul on the island of New Britain on 6 September 1945. English: General Imamura signing the official document of surrender for Japanese forces in New Britain, New Ireland, the Solomons and New Guinea, on the flight deck of HMS GLORY off Rabaul, 12 September 1945. ... the surrender of all japanese forces in new guinea, new britain and the solomons, by general h. imamura, commander eighth area army and vice admiral j. kusaka, commander south east area fleet, was accepted by lieutenant general v.a.h. General Imamura, a squat, middle-aged officer, halted before the table The Cosmo was built by Bill Harry and in 1947 Miss Dorothy Stewart was manageress of the Cosmopolitan Hotel, [4] However a lack of resources and the enormous distances involved (Rabaul was 500 miles from the nearest RAAF airfield at Port Moresby) ensured that these attacks remained small and sporadic for nearly two years. The Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force captured Rabaul during World War I after entering Simpson Harbour. The Papua New Guinea Association of Australia was able to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the signing of the Surrender of Japanese Forces at Rabaul at the Rabaul & Montevideo Maru Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, on 6 September 2020. As the major Japanese fleet base in the South Pacific Rabaul had been under continuous Allied air attack since the first raid by Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Catalinas in January 1942. the carrier. File:The ceremony marking the surrender of Japanese forces in New Britain, New Ireland, the Solomons and New Guinea, on the flight deck of HMS GLORY off Rabaul, 12 September 1945. I would also like to acknowledge the Rabaul and Montevideo Maru Memorial , in front of As the final book in Bruce Gamble’s esteemed trilogy on the War in the Pacific, 'Target: Rabaul' picks up where Fortress Rabaul, the second installment, leaves off — and sets the stage for the major Allied aerial engagements of 1943–1954, which would result in the defeat of Japan. The last Allied airstrike on Rabaul took place on 8 August 1945, only weeks before the Japanese surrender. The regular attacks became known as "milk runs" among the Allied air crews. [5] Lacking a comparable surface force of his own, Admiral William Halsey responded by ordering Rear Admiral Frederick C. Sherman to launch a dawn attack on the Japanese fleet at Rabaul using the airgroups of the aircraft carriers USS Saratoga and USS Princeton, followed up an hour later by a Fifth Air Force raid of B-24 Liberator heavy bombers. 1945-09-06. Surrender of Japanese Forces at Rabaul, 6th of September 2020 CDF Address Firstly, I want to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet — the Ngunnawal People — and pay my respects to their elders past, present and emerging. The last Allied airstrike on Rabaul took place on 8 August 1945, only weeks before the Japanese surrender. Most of their experienced carrier pilots were lost over Rabaul, large numbers of their sorely needed aviation maintenance personnel were either lost during their attempted evacuation or trapped there, and the Japanese no longer had a base from which they could threaten the Allied presence in the Solomons. of surrender was read by the interpreter to Adachi, who then affixed his Line 3.0.1. and translated. Different from previous strikes, the Army Air Forces bombers went in first, and the fighters followed afterwards. at sea off rabaul, new britain. Online Shop Use this login for Shop items, and image, film, sound reproductions Rabaul is a town in Eastern New Britain, Papua New Guinea. Take the story of 600 British prisoners taken at Singapore. The Japanese forces in Rabaul formally surrendered to the Australian 1st Army under the command of Lieutenant General Sturdie, and were then placed under the control of Major General Eather. Line 3.0.0. south-eastern army, formally signed the surrender of. And as part of efforts to isolate the Rabaul base, US Army troops landed at Arawe on Western New Britain on 15 December, and the 1st Marine Division landed at Cape Gloucester on 26 December 1943.[3]. Once the Allied forces managed to slowly isolate Rabaul, they began air raid attacks on it. It was to the effect that the Allied fighters and bombers continued to attack Rabaul through 1944 and 1945. In January 1942, Japanese troops overpowered an Australian garrison at Rabaul, on the southwestern Pacific island of New Britain (now part of Papua New Guinea). PHOTO CAPTION - page 268. At a table spread with a red cloth on the flight deck of the Bri-. I would also like to acknowledge the Rabaul and Montevideo Maru Memorial , in front of It is signed by Lieutenant General Vernon Sturdee (1890–1966), General Officer Commanding First Australian Army and Commander in Chief of the Japanese Imperial Southeastern Army, General Hitoshi Imamura (1886–1968). Surrender at Wewak Meanwhile, on Ballalae Island, the prisoners suffered the same horrendous conditions as those at … at sea off rabaul, new britain. The Strategy and Triumph of The Green Islands . General Imamura signing the official document of surrender for Japanese forces in New Britain, New Ireland, the Solomons and New Guinea, on the flight deck of HMS GLORY off Rabaul, 12 September 1945. The ceremony was due to begin at 11 a.m. on board the British carrier Glory, lying off Rabaul with two sloops as an escort. at sea off rabaul, new britain. The Royal Navy During The Second World War, The surrender ceremony for 139,000 Japanese in New Britain, New Ireland, the Solomons and New Guinea,... Barges used to carry supplies to ships by the Japanese during WWII, sit in a cave near Rabaul, Papua New Guinea on Sunday, April 13, 2008. A single raid by 50 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers reached the target on 18 October. sturdee, general officer commanding first army, signing the instrument of surrender. General Imamura made a speech in Japanese With Rabaul's offensive capabilities neutralized, the Allies decided to forgo a ground assault, electing instead to reinforce their foothold on the southern coast of New Britain against any potential Japanese counter-attack while allowing the Rabaul garrison to "wither on the vine." English, below the Japanese characters. 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