Leaflets dropped by the U.S. Air Force on Camps in China, advising that the Japanese Government had surrendered
ATTENTION ALLIED PRISONERS
Allied Prisoners of War and Civilian Internees, these are your orders and/or instructions in case there is a capitulation of the Japanese forces:
1. You are to remain in your camp area until you receive further instructions from this head. quarters.
2. Law and order will be maintained in the camp area.
3. In case of a Japanese surrender there will be allied occupational forces sent into your camp to care for your needs and eventual evacuation to your homes. You must help by. remaining in the area in which we now know you are located.
4. Camp leaders are charged with these responsibilities.
5. The end is near. Do not be disheartened. ire are thinking of you. Plans are under way to assist you at the earliest possible moment.
(Signed) A. C. WEDEMEYER Lieutenant General, U. S. A. Commanding
The JAPANESE Government has surrendered. You will be evacuated by ALLIED NATIONS forces as soon as-possible.
Until that time your present supplies will be augmented by air-drop of U.S. food, clothing and medicines. The first drop of these items will arrive within one .(1) or two (2) hours.
Clothing will be dropped in standard packs for units of 50 or 500 men. Bundle markings, contents and allowances per man are as follows:
Letter from Major Gen. Wedemeyer, U. S. Commander in Chief in China
Addressed to all Japanese Commanders and Officers, and all Japanese residents.
Issued by Gen. Wedemeyer:-
1) The Emperor of the Japanese Imperial Government has surrendered unconditionally to the Allies, and the detailed regulations regarding the cessation of war is now being negotiated between the Japanese Govt. and the governments of the various Allies as listed here below.
2) All Allied POWs and non combatant people taken prisoner are to contact the representative in China of the Allied Supreme Command.
3) The instructions of the Allied Supreme Command should be obeyed.
4) In all areas where there are Allied POWs and non combatant prisoners all food, clothing and medical supplies should be continued, and peace and order maintained.
The international Red Cross will co-operate with the U. S. Command to maintain peace, release the prisoners and guarantee their safety.
This order must be obeyed for the maintenance of peace and discipline as a provisional measure until the arrival of the Allied forces in the various areas.
The surrender formalities of the Japanese forces are still in progress. Thus the maintenance of peace and order are still the responsibility of the Japanese Commander.
Singned: --- Major Gen. A. C. Wedemeyer
(U. S. Commander in Chief in China)