Liberation of Tawau from the Japanese (Part 2 of 5)
25 May 20104,422 views18 Comments
When the first part of this series was posted last weekend, we were so surprised by the amount of responses we received. It is by far our most popular article on this website.
To reward our visitors we would like to publish the second part of today rather than later. We believe that everyone is eagerly waiting to see and read more untold history about the liberation of Tawau from the Japanese.
All photos and captions were contributed by Sgt F. A. C. Burke via the Australian War Memorial.
Major Rowse, British North Borneo civil affairs unit, and a Japanese bank official discuss currency matters. The cases to their right contain hundreds of thousands of Japanese Yen and invasion notes. (notice the bell tower at the background which survived WWII)
Sample of 5 dollar invasion note used only in Tawau (We gratefully acknowledge A. Basso for this image)
Lieutenant Colonel J. A. England, commander of the North East Borneo force, interrogating Major Sugasaki, Japanese Commander of Tawao area, about troop concentrations.
Australian guards from "A" and "C" troops, 9 battery, 2/3rd composite anti aircraft regiment marching ashore.
Lieutenant Colonel J. A. England, commander of the North East Borneo Force, interrogating Major Sugasaki, Japanese Commander of Tawao area, about troop concentrations.
Japanese prisoners pulling two sick men on a handcart to the assembly point for embarkation.
Japanese troops and civilian women unload baggage from a truck at the assembly point prior to embarkation.
Another photo of Japanese troops and civilian women unload baggage from a truck at the assembly point prior to embarkation.
Japanese civilian women carrying baggage to the assembly point prior to embarkation. (Note the destroyed District Office on the top right corner)
Warrant Officer 2 Clifton, Allied translator and interpreter service, talks to Major Sugasaki, Japanese commander of Tawao forces. Japanese prisoners pushing handcarts to the assembly area march by. (Notice destroyed structures at the back due to bombing and fire)
This is the end of part 2. The next part will show more photos of Japanese civilians embarking the ships (LSTs) and how they spent their days on board – very interesting indeed! We hope that you enjoy all these. Please leave your comments or feedback below. If you have stories during the Japanese occupation please share them with us.