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Order of the day, ‘Surrender of Japanese’, 1945. Headquarters, Australian Women’s Army Service (CA 7090).

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NAA: B5499, volume 11

Image 11: Order of the day, ‘Surrender of Japanese’, 1945. Headquarters, Australian Women’s Army Service (CA 7090).

Transcription

Australian Military Forcer

ORDER OF THE DAY

by GENERAL SIR THOMAS BLAMEY,

Commander-in-Chief

Advanced LHQ, Borneo,

15th August, 1945.

SURRENDER OF JAPANESE.

The Japanese have surrendered.

Our long and arduous struggle has ended in complete victory.

The climax has come at the time when all six Australian Divisions are fighting strenuously, each in its own area, in the far flung battle lines.  No divisions amongst the Allies have contributes more to the downfall of our enemies than ours.

Our general officers and our commanders of all grades, our regimental officers and our warrant and non-commissioned officers have led you unfalteringly to victory.  Under their guidance, the troops have been formed into a magnificent army to the pride and glory of Australia.

We have fought through the burning days and freezing nights of the desert.  We have fought through the ooze and sweat of tropical jungles.  We have defeated the Italian and the Germans and we would soon have destroyed completely the Japanese before us.

We are now to go to our homes, having done our part in ensuring freedom for all peoples.  We will not forget this freedom, for which we have fought so long and successfully, and so let us stand together in future years to ensure that it remains the crowning heritage of Australian people.  Above all, we give thanks to the Almighty for His greatest and crowning mercy that marks for all people the total downfall of tyranny.

[Signature: T Blamey]

General

Commander-in-Chief,

AUSTRALIAN MILITARY FORCES.

C.8287/45.

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