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    World War II Propaganda Leaflet Printed in Japanese Signed by General Douglas MacArthur and General Xu Yongchang, and Colonel Lawrence Moore Cosgrave, and several dozen other participants in the late stages of the Pacific theater. Single sheet, printed on both sides, 8.25" x 11.5". The leaflet itself is undated, but one of the earliest dates signed is September 9, 1945, the date of the Japanese surrender ceremony in Nanking marking the end of the war in the China Theater) and a week after the signing of the Japanese Surrender aboard the battle ship Missouri.

    The front of the document is printed in English: "I SURRENDER / ATTENTION AMERICAN SOLDIERS THIS LEAFLET GUARANTEES HUMANE TREATMENT TO ANY JAPANESE DESIRING TO SURRENDER... BY ORDER C.G. U.S. FORCES." At top center in, printed in Japanese, is an assurance that the flyer will guarantee safe treatment. Printed in haste, by the American forces, the used outdated Japanese characters, and placed them left to right, instead or top to bottom and right to left.

    The printing on the back makes the same mistake in laying out the character, and is clearly written by a non-native speaker. These flyers were directed at the Japanese soldiers who refused to surrender, and suggests that the best way to serve their emperor is to surrender without causing harm to themselves or others.

    The leaflet is signed U.S. General Douglas MacArthur and Chinese General Xu Yongchang, and Canadian Colonel Lawrence Moore Cosgrove, who all signed the Japanese Instrument of Surrender on September 2 1945. Yongchang would later become minister of the Board of Military Operations of the Republic of China between 1948-1949.

    Also signing are U.S. Generals Courtney Hodges, Robert Eichelberger, Wilhelm D. Styer, Charles P. Stivers, J.L. Holman and W.W. Wanamaker; and Chinese officers Jiang Zilong, Chen Yanhui, Lou Zhenxi. and Yang Xuanzhu as well as representatives from Australia, New Zealand and Russia.

    Condition: With soiling and wear suggesting that this was a leaflet that was dropped. Some signatures are a bit light and difficult to read.


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    May, 2017
    11th Thursday
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