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Sumatra   3 Books
Japanese War Crime Trials, Jesselton, British North Borneo, 1947. Carbon typescript records of the proceedings of several cases/investigations, approx. 55pp. in all, some top copy but mostly carbon ts. One or two items with ink signatures of Counsel and/or OC War Crimes Unit, Jesselton. Contemp.  #55863
[HLMainPic] Partial records of four cases, e.g. the Masaki-Honda case, when Col. Masaki, Governor of North Sumatra in 1942, ordered Major Honda to execute 5 or 6 Allied PoW in a small vessel at sea between there & Simului, Honda protested (as confirmed in evidence by 2nd Lt. Nobusawa) but Masaki said "No, you must execute them & I will take full responsibility." Honda passed the buck to Nobusawa who did not carry out the order, giving as his reason "the cruelty & inhumanity involved in slaughtering men, necessarily one at a time, each before the others' eyes on such a small vessel & because the men had had no trial." Ultimately, however, the PoWs were lined up, blind-folded & bayonetted from behind by soldiers under Honda's orders. The bodies were left unburied due to the location of the atrocity being a coral island. Post-war, they were found by a war crimes investigator, Lt.-Col. Reid Collins, & the accused identified with the help of a local boatman who had been employed by the Japanese. Papers for this case include opening & closing addresses, defence case, &c. Other papers relate to ill-treatment resulting in the death of civilians in North Borneo, executions of Allied Personnel at Seletar, Singapore, in 1945, when W.O. Hikiji Susumu was accused of beheading 14 or 15 PoW for his amusement: "It was known among the men that Hikiji was an expert swordsman & that he boasted to the other officers about how it was done. It was said that he had used the 14 or 15 Ps.O.W. to demonstrate his swordsmanship." Also a nominal roll of Burmese witnesses residing in Toungoo (on the Sittang River, east of the Pegu Yomas),.with their age, family name & address. Scarce collection.   £225
HARFIELD (Alan) British & Indian Armies in the East Indies (1685-1935). 1st Ed., xv+411pp., 8 col. plates, approx. 100 b/w photos. & other illus., 12 maps & plans. VG in dw. Chippenham: Picton. 1984  #58007
[HLMainPic] Inc. Sumatra, Java 1811, Perak (Malaya), Singapore & Sarawak, Penang & Malacca. Num. interesting illus. & several medal rolls inc. MGS Java, IGS Perak, several volunteer units, &c. Very scarce. See illustration on our website.   £35
SINGH (Brig. R.) Official History of the Indian Armed forces in the Second World War 1939-45: Post-War Occupation Forces: Japan & South-East Asia. 1st Ed., xxxiv+317pp., 27 photos., 11 fldg. maps & plans. VG in sl. chipped dw. Delhi: Combined Inter-Services Historical Section. 1958  #56601
[HLMainPic] Includes campaigns in French Indo-China & Dutch East Indies (Java, Sumatra &c.) which resulted in award of GSM with clasp South East Asia 1945-46. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, VG in sl. chipped dw. See illustration on our website.   £75




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