ACTUAL SIGNING OF THE INSTRUMENT OF SURRENDER OF WORLD WAR II

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We hereby proclaim the unconditional surrender to the Allied Powers of the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters and of all Japanese Armed Forces and all Armed Forces under Japanese control wherever situated.We, acting by command of and on behalf of the Emperor of Japan, the Japanese Government and the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters, hereby accept the provisions in the declaration issued by the heads of the government of the United States, China and Great Britain 26 July 1945 at Potsdam, and subsequently adhered to by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic, which four powers are hereafter referred to as the Allied Powers.

 We hereby command the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters to issue at once orders to the commanders of all Japanese Forces and all forces under Japanese control wherever situated to surrender unconditionally themselves and all forces under their control.e hereby command all Japanese wherever situated and the Japanese people to cease hostilities fort with, to preserve and save from damage all ships, aircraft, and military and civil property, and to comply with all requirements which may be imposed by the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers or by agencies of the Japanese Government at his direction.

     We hereby command all civil, military, and naval officials to obey and enforce all proclamations, orders and directives deemed by the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers to be proper to effectuate this surrender and issue by him or under his direction; and we direct all such officials to remain at their posts and to continue to perform their non-combatant duties unless specifically relieved by him or under his authority

     We hereby undertake for the Emperor            , the Japanese Government and their successors to carry out the provisions of the Potsdam Declaration in good faith, and to issue whatever orders and take whatever action by the Supreme commander for the Allied Powers or by any other designated representative of the Allied Powers for the purpose of giving effect to the that declaration.

     We hereby command the Japanese Imperial Government and the Japanese Imperial Headquarters at once to liberate all Allied Prisoners of War and civilian internees now under Japanese control and to provide for their protection, care, maintenance, and immediate transportation to p[aces as directed.     

     The authority of the Emperor and the Japanese Government to rule the state shell be subject to the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers ,who as he deems proper to effectuate this terms of surrender.

   Signed at TOKYO BAY ,JAPAN on the SECOND day of SEPTEMBER  1945 

 Mamoru Shigemitsu :Behalf of the Emperor of Japan

. (9;04 a.m.)

Yoshijiro Umezu

By Command and in behalf of the Japanese Imperial Headquarters. (9:06 a.m.)

Accepted at TOKYO BAY, JAPAN at 9:08 on the SECOND day of  SEPTEMBER ,1945      for the United States ,Republic of China, United Kingdom and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic, and in the interests of the other United Nations at war with Japan

 


       •  GeneraMacArthur: Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers (9:08 a.m.)

       •  W, Nimitz :United States (9:12 a.m.)

       •  Hsu Yung-Ch’angRepublic of China(9:13 a.m.)

      •   Bruce Fraser :United Kingdom ( 9:14 a.m.)

      •   Kuzma Derevyanko: Soviet Republic (9:16 a.m.)

      •  Thomas Blamey: for Australia (9:17 a.m.)

      •  Moore Cosgrave: Dominion of Canada 9:18 a.m.)

      •  Jacques Leclerc: French Republic (9:20a.m.)

      •  Lieutenant Admiral.Celfrich: Netherlands (9:20a.m.)

      •  Air Vice-Marshal M. Isitt: New Zeland (9:22 a.m.,)

 

The Allied Powers and the Japanese Emperor signed the “Instrument of Surrender” aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2 1945. World War II was officially over.

 

 

 

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