Events for Sunday 2nd September 2012
On This Day in History
WWII: Signing of Japanese Instrument of Surrender aboard USS Missouri2nd September 1945
The Japanese Instrument of Surrender was the written agreement that enabled the Surrender of Japan, marking the end of World War II. General MacArthur, Supreme Allied Commander in the Pacific, forbade any Allied forces from liberating Japanese occupied territories before he had personally taken the formal Japanese surrender, which has been argued to have cost hundreds of British and Commonwealth POW lives.
Further ReadingThe Final Betrayal
(Hardback - 224 pages)
by Mark Felton
This book examines the period between the unconditional surrender of Japan on 14 August 1945 and the arrival of Allied liberation forces in Japanese-occupied territories after 2 September 1945.
The delay handed the Japanese a golden opportunity to set their house in order before Allied war… Read more...