Original U.S. WWII Psychological Warfare Japanese and Korean War Safe Conduct Pass Leaflets

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Original Items: Only One Set Available. On the morning of 2 September 1945, more that two weeks after accepting the Allies terms, Japan formally surrendered. The ceremonies, less than half an hour long, took place on board the battleship USS Missouri, anchored with other United States' and British ships in Tokyo Bay, the Japanese envoys Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu and Gen. Yoshijiro Umezu signed their names on the Instrument of Surrender. The time was recorded as 4 minutes past 9 o'clock. Afterward, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Commander in the Southwest Pacific and Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, also signed. He accepted the Japanese surrender "for the United States, Republic of China, United Kingdom, and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and in the interests of the other United Nations at war with Japan."

Some isolated Japan’s far flung forces in the Philippines refused to surrender for months and years after. To hasten the situation and put the agreement in place thereby avoiding additional casualties and for the safety of the surrendering Japanese forces, the American forces issues the surrender leaflet. It set forth the proper procedures for Japanese Imperial Army and allies on how to deal the surrender.

Included in this set are tow examples of genuine World War II surrender leaflets, in very good condition, written in Japanese with English translation.

Reads as follows:

The bearer has ceased resistance treat him in accordance with the International Law. Take him to the nearest commanding officer. C-in C American Forces

Life Saving Leaflet
1. The American forces will aid who follow the instructions given in this leaflet.
2. Good treatment-food, clothing, tobacco, medical treatment, etc.,
Will be accorded in conformity with International Law.
How to Use this Leaflet
1. Come slowly toward the American line with your arms raised high above your head, and carry only this leaflet.
2. Come one by one. Do not come in groups.
3. Men must only wear pants or loin cloths. Sufficient clothing will be provided. Women and children may come dressed as they are.
4. Do not approach American line at night.
5. This leaflet maybe used by anyone-Japanese, Korean, Soldiers, civilians, etc.,
6. Those who do not have a leaflet may advance to the American line if they follow instructions as if they had a leaflet.

Also included is an original Korean War Era SAFE CONDUCT PASS in very good condition. Korean War propaganda leaflet - Safe Conduct Pass for enemy soldiers issued under name of General MacArthur, Commander in Chief paper printed on both sides; blue printing on one side and photos on the other; printed in English and in Chinese / Korean characters and reads:

This certificate guarantees good treatment to any enemy soldier desiring to cease fighting. Taken this man to your nearest officer and treat him as an honorable prisoner of war.
General of the Army
Commander in Chief

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