Japanese delegation meets with members of General MacArthur's staff to plan formal Japanese Surrender ending World War II
Manila Philippines Date:1945, August 20 Duration:2 min 48 sec Sound:Yes
Japanese officials arrive to coordinate arrangements for a formal Japanese surrender, at a Conference in Manila, Philippine Islands. Headed by Lt. Gen. Torashiro Kawabe, Vice-Chief of the Army General Staff, the sixteen-member Japanese delegation descends steps from U.S. Army Air Forces C-54 transport Aircraft, tail number 44-9045, at Nichols Field, near Manila. General Kawabe salutes American Colonel Mashbir, coordinator of the Allied translator and interrogator Section. Major General Charles Willoughby, Director of Intelligence, leads them to waiting cars. Meeting in the City Hall in Manila, the Japanese officers surrender their personal swords and present documents delegating them powers Plenipotentiary by the Japanese Government. They file into a conference room, where they and American counterparts take their places across a long, black table. U.S. Army Lieutenant General Richard Kerens Sutherland, General MacArthur's Chief of Staff, presides over the discussions, accompanied by Major General S. J. Chamberlin, General MacArthur's Operations Officer. They are supported by Allied translators and interpreters. The conference is concluded successfully and sets the stage for the final formal surrender of Japan. (Note: Plans for this critical conference were developed by Colonel David Larr, Chief of Planning on General Chamberlin's staff.) The clip concludes with views of many U.S. warships and of cargoes being loaded in readiness for the occupation of Japan.
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