Tuesday, August 13, 2013

August 10, 1945; Japanese Offer to Quit:


Kingsport, Tenn., Friday, August 10, 1945


London—AP—The Stockholm radio said tonight that Japan had handed the Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs a note to the British, American and Russian governments offering to surrender.

(An NBC broadcast from Stockholm said the American, Russian and British ministers were immediately summoned to the foreign office, where the document was transmitted to them.) •' -

* * * Surrender-At-A-Glance

White House says war is still on and no official word has been received through proper channels. President Truman confers with cabinet. ;

Prime Minister Attlee announces Britain is in communication with the United States, Russia and China.

Moscow says it received offer through its ambassador in Tokyo.

Provision that Hirohito remain as emperor is seen as possible stumbling block to acceptance.

* * *

(By The Associated Press) - Japan announced. today she is ready to surrender under the Potsdam Declaration if Emperor Hirohito can retain his power, but the White House made it clear that the offer had not been received officially and that the war was going on.

The offer was transmitted by the official Domei Agency at 7:30 a.m., Eastern War Time, and picked up in the United States by the Associated Press and government monitors.

But it had not come through official diplomatic channels
nd the White House said at 10:40 a.m., that the United

States was continuing to fight. Despite this, wild celebrations had been set off on Okinawa and at other points throughout the Allied world.




ATOMIC BOMB HITS NAGASAKI—The arrow on this map locates the Japanese city of Nagasaki which was blasted by the second atomic bomb to be released by U. S. forces. First word from the scene reported "good results." Nagasaki, with a population of 255,000, was regarded as a far more important military target than Hiroshima (underlined) which was devastated by the world's first atomic bomb last Monday.

(AP Wire photo Map)



Allied Pilots
Wreck 259
Jap Aircraft

Guam (AP)—American and British carrier pilots — ferreting Japan's grounded air force from its camouflaged hideouts—destroyed or damaged 259 Nipponese aircraft and gliders on northern Honshu Island yesterday, a preliminary report from admiral Halsey's Third Fleet disclosed today.

U. S. Casualties
Up To 1,068,216

Washington —JP— A sharp rise in Navy losses has boosted combat casualties of the armed forces to 1,068,216.

This figure, reported last night by the Army and Navy, was 7,489 higher than reported last week.

The Army placed its total losses at 922,139 and the Navy added 146, 077, a rise of'6,276.

The aggregate included 251,424 killed; 649,805 wounded; 44,960 missing and 122,027 prisoners.


New York — AP — Cheers shouts of joy echoed over Staten Island's waterfront area today when 1,454 returning GI's on four troop transports learned of the Japanese Dome! news agency broadcast that Japan was ready to surrender.

GIs On Okinawa
Go Wild Over
Jap Peace Offer

"Okinawa — AP — This American held island, only 325 miles from the Japanese - homeland, kicked over the traces of war in a wild fireworks celebration as first unofficial word spread that the Japanese are ready to quit.

Soldiers who only three nights ago shot flak airward against enemy raiders let loose their guns in celebration. The Island and naval anchorage rocked with gunfire, cheers and the roar of rockets.

The air raid sirens wailed a prolonged One 'all clear" Outdoor signal.

Jap Offer Sets
Off Guam Cheers

Guam—AP—Radio reports that Japan is willing to surrender under terms of the Potsdam ultimatum were heard here tonight but there was no official confirmation.

Loud cheering from both officers and men greeted the loudspeaker report broadcast on the island by the command headquarters.


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