END OF THE WAR - The First News of the Japanese Unconditional Surrender to Reach the Mainland USA was via this Original Paper Teletype Tape Strip cabled from the Navy Communications Station in Guam to the Mainland
Lot 178
The End of the War. Ticker tape announcing the surrender of the Japanese Forces
August 10th, 1945
Sold for US$ 21,250 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
The End of the War. Ticker tape announcing the surrender of the Japanese Forces
August 10th, 1945
A ticker tape, cut into 3 sections, JAPS SURRENDER NEWS RECEIVED FROM FT SHAFTER AT 0930 HAWAIIAN WAR TIME ON AUGUST 10TH AS FOLLOWS URGENT URGENT URGENT URGENT VF V WAR THE WAR WITH JAPAN IS OVER STANDBY ALL CIRCUITS FOR FURTHER DISPATCHES.'
Overall length 36.25 in. Framed.

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    The War Museum

    One of the first ticker tapes to announce the news that the Imperial Japanese Forces had surrendered, dated the day after the dropping of the second atomic bomb. In reality the surrender took longer...it was agreed that hostilities would cease on 15th August, and the Surrender document was finally signed on September 2nd, when MacArthur took the surrender aboard the U.S.S. Missouri anchored in Tokyo Bay. It was on the 10th August that Emperor Hirohito, after the second bomb and the Russian invasion of Manchuria on the 9th August, ordered the Supreme Council for the Direction of the War to accept the terms for surrender set down in the Potsdam Declaration. The Emperor recorded a radio broadcast on the 15th August announcing the surrender of the Empire of Japan to the allies and the first American forces arrived to take over control on August 28th.
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