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Japanese Prisoners of War, Bougainville, New Guinea (1945) by Adrian Paul

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I have only recently come across this photo. It was taken by my uncle who was a member of the Allied forces which re-captured the island of Bougainville from the Japanese at the end of World War II.

The Bougainville campaign was fought by the Allies in the South Pacific during World War II to regain control of the island of Bougainville from the Japanese forces who had occupied it in 1942.

The allied campaign, which had two distinct phases, began on November 1, 1943 and ended on August 21, 1945 with the surrender of the Japanese.

On the back of the photo my uncle has written, “Bougainville. Jap prisoners of war with an Aussie Sergeant.”

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japanese, prisoners of war, bougainville, new guinea, world war 2

I am a retired secondary school English teacher and live in Coffs Harbour (NSW) Australia.

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  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alabout 3 years ago

    Great stuff Adrian. You’ve obviously came across a little treasure trove Mate.

  • Thanks Al. Yes, this stuff is absolutely amazing.

    – Adrian Paul

  • Chris Clark
    Chris Clarkabout 3 years ago

    wow wow wow Nostalgia at it’s best Adrian

  • Thanks Chris. Yes, I agree. I was blown away when I found this photo.

    – Adrian Paul

  • oulgundog
    oulgundogabout 3 years ago

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