Help translating captured Japanese documents

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Mar 15, 2014
I have documents that I believe we're captured during the Kwajalein campaign. I came across an estate find which had a pre invasion D-Day map of Kwajalein Island and all the Japanese targets for Roi island marked. With this set was Japanese documents, hand drawn post cards and a good luck flag. I was told one of the documents is a company level roster, however I don't know if it's ija or ijn. Also one of the documents has an island drawing on it that looks like it's from the Solomons....perhaps the Japanese soldier on Kwajalein was transferred there??? Who can I contact to have these documents translated to English so I can record everything for my museum display? Thanks in advance!!


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The Maps you have are from Operation "Flintlock", the invasion of Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshal Islands. "Burlesque" was the codename for the invasion on the Island of Roi and "Camouflage" the invasion of Namur.
Some more information here.
Search for Flintlock, Burlesque and Camouflage on this site will give a lot of details.
As a clue -


"We send these cargos. Please receive.
From Kinkai Yusen Kabushiki-kaisya (KYK mail steamer)
To Iwo-jima Office"
This is a blank invoice sheet of KYK used as memo paper.



"Report from Awazu Unit dated September 13, 1944
Recent enemy's attack against Caroline Islands and Palau Islands is fiercer....."


隊編成表 第四中隊

Table of Unit Organization The 4th Company"

Interesting contents.


Report from Awazu Unit Headquarters dated September 13, 1944

Recent enemy's attacks against Caroline Islands and Palau Islands are being intensified and they carried out continuous attacks on the 11th and 12th. In the afternoon of 11th, 150 carrier-based planes attacked and seven of them were shot down. In the afternoon of the 12th, 170 carrier-based planes similarly attacked. On the 11th and 12th, a Consolidated B24 each attacked Minamitorishima Island but they were shot down. Enemy attacks by planes on the western part of New Guinea and the Moltska Islands continue to intensify but our troops are fighting them back with the great courage.

In the afternoon of the 10th, 80 enemy planes attacked Namre Bay on Buru Island. Four of them were shot down. On the 11th, 70 enemy small planes also attacked. On the 11th, 80 medium-sized planes attacked Brahma, Seram Island. Eight of them were destroyed. At noon on the same day, 70 medium-sized planes attacked Kaimana, New Guinea. 40 medium-sized and small planes attacked Halmahera Island.

Enemy forces are also making frequent sorties against the Kita Chishima (Northern Kuril Island). At 07:30 on the 12th, our troops intercepted the enemy formation composed of B23s and B25s. One was shot down in aerial combat and one was by the joint ground fire and interception by a naval vessel. Gave damage to another one.

Our unit troops carried out a ferocious and resolute operation from Weiyang to the westward straightly in China. In the afternoon of the 9th, our troops broke through the provincial border into Guangxi Province and reached all the way to Quanxian(全県). In fact, they advanced 40 kilo-meters further than Dong'an which was the goal announced by the Chongqing Military Commission's propaganda. Breaking through the border of Guangxi Province was different from the conventional capture of Nanning from southern China as this was the first time to invade from central China. Guangxi Province which was traditionally a rear base has now become a frontline base and the role of Guilin as the frontline base is to be restricted, making it difficult for the B29s of the US 20th Air Group to function effectively. In other words, the fall of the breadbaskets of Henan and Hunan not only cut off communication with Chongqing from east to west but also blocked the base of enemy aircraft in the hinterlands of Sichuan, Yunnan Province making the B29s directly threatened by our air force. Their activities must be severely curtailed.

As a result, the decisive battle between Japan and the United States on the continent is finally becoming full-fledged but , as the UP telegram points out, as the war intensifies, the Chinese people refrain from taking a passive attitude and actively cooperate with our forces. The United States which fears the impact this will give to its Pacific operations is scrambling to defend itself and this is something tough for us to deal with.

In March 1938, Industrial Bank of Japan, Bank of Japan, and Shokin Bank invested 12.5 million yen in the Central United Reserve Bank of North China (Federal Bank). Last year, a credit agreement of 200 million yen was made but, on the 13th, a formal agreement was concluded with the Bank of Japan to extend credit of an additional 200 million yen. It is expected that this will greatly contribute to the soundness of the northern China's currency system.







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The Awazu Unit appears frequently in historical descriptions of the Battle of Iwo-jima.
This matches the blank invoice sheet.
It would be natural that these documents were captured there.
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