Wada was found guilty of causing the deaths of numerous American and Allied prisoners of war by neglecting to transmit to his superiors requests for adequate quarters, food, drinking water, and medical attention. [9] With the lack of food, water and proper hygiene the number of cases of dysentery and diphtheria began to rise. Tarsau (Nam Tok) - 131 KM from Non Pladuk II, 284 KM from Thanbyuzayat. Jun 25, 2019 - Explore Philip Williams's board "WW2. The Japanese transferred most of the prisoners to other areas, leaving just over 500 seriously ill American and other Allied POWs and civilians in the prison. By creating an account you agree to us emailing you with newsletters and discounts, which you can switch off in your account at any time, 2 million exclusive records, found only on our site, Records transcribed in the UK for maximum accuracy, 1 on 1 Personal assistance from military photo and document experts, Access to Orbats mapping tool, allowing you to trace your WW1 ancestors steps. In the early hours of the 16th September, she hit a mine north of Labuan, listed quickly to port and sank. There are no ‘nominal lists’ currently known of those who worked and died on this railway, however: 6,982 casualties are commemorated in the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery (also known as Don-Rak cemetery) 129Km north of Bangkok. 2) by an air raid, 31 POWs were killed in Toshiba Tsurumi Branch Camp (Tokyo No. The camps were mainly set up in mines and the industrial areas such as Keihin (Tokyo and Yokohama), and Hanshin (Osaka and Kobe). Finally, in October, he was among 1000 prisoners judged fit to work; they were moved to a lumber camp on Mindanao to engage in manual labour. It is almost certain that had the war lasted even a little longer, the number of the POW deaths would have been much greater given the shortages Japan was experiencing toward the end of the war. While there, the prisoners were afforded no sanitary conditions whatsoever. Unlike weapons and supply transports (which were sometimes marked as Red Cross ships), these prisoner transports were unmarked and were targeted by Allied submarines and aircraft very often the majority of these ships were sunk by the end of the war. Around 1500 servicemen & women were captured in South Sumatra and many were taken onto Singapore. During World War Two the Japanese forced prisoners of war … After the war, it became clear that there existed a high command order – issued from the War Ministry in Tokyo – to kill all remaining POWs. At this point, the Japanese relied on sea transportation to provide supplies for troops stationed there. The Battle of Bataan ended the next day with an Allied surrender. The nurses heard a quick succession of shots before the Japanese soldiers came back, sat down in front of the women and cleaned their bayonets and rifles. He was found guilty for ordering the execution of the four POWs and on 7th April 1946, he was executed, by shooting, at the same spot where the four POWs died. After surrendering to Imperial Japanese Army forces in a revenge act for the sinking of a Japanese minesweeper they rounded up 300 Dutch and Australian POWs at random and executed them at Laha airfield in the Dutch East Indies (Now Timor). In 1943, when the International Red Cross agent in Singapore complained to a senior military official concerning his continued non-recognition, he was arrested and interrogated by the Japanese military police as a suspected spy. In those camps, which had no such facilities, POWs were allowed to shop in the neighbourhoods near the camps under the supervision of the Japanese guards. Privacy Policy and This list contains camp names which were only for Civilian Internees and these are noted wherever possible - however our database only lists those who had Military ranks and are of British, Canadian, Australian, South African, Rhodesian, New Zealanders and other Commonwealth nationalities where we have managed to find a source, our database lists only those who are military internees, not civilians or merchant marine for the most part. Once it was discovered that the island was held by the Japanese, an officer of the Vyner Brooke went to surrender the group to the authorities in Muntok. Sister Bullwinkel was later captured again and spent the rest of the war in captivity. These listings include the following specifics for each person: Name, first names, rank, serial number, date of capture, date of liberation, branch of the services & camp* -we will continue to add more information as we source it. We have recently added data from the national archives nominal rosters for those held by the Japanese under reference WO392 (returning Pow information). Although Allied prisoners of war complained of the scarcity of food within German POW camps , they were treated comparatively well. Two months later, he was transferred to a camp at Cabanatuan. This was when the Japanese renamed her ‘Imbari maru’. The bridge was built on a small tributary of the larger main river at Tha Mae Kham, some miles away from the Bridge that tourists are now shown as ‘the bridge’. Left Singapore on 4/9/44 bound for Japan with 950 British & Australian POWs from D party group 4, sunk in the same incident on 12/9/44as the Rakuyo maru and 520 were rescued by the Japanese and a few others by US submarines. They expressed their thankfulness for having escaped from the semi-starvation of their internment camps, as well as their anxiety for the health of those they had left behind in Japanese custody. Theft of food because of hunger was met with an especially terrible punishment. Left Manila the Philippine capital on 23/7/43 taking 501 US prisoners to Japan and was torpedoed and sunk by the submarine USS Picuda (SS-382) in the Taiwan straits. Rashin Maru (AKA Canadian Prince/Potomac). Hundreds of Japanese troops were killed in the 30-minute coordinated attack; the Americans suffered minimal casualties. About 40 per cent were missionaries from 22 different denominations, some who had recently fled China and organized a language school in Baguio. You are browsing in: ... British … This included administering an elaborate questionnaire to all prisoner of wars in Korea, interviewing prisoners and even requiring them to write essays about their attitudes towards Japan. Two U.S. army nurses were among the internees. While the attitude of the Japanese authorities regarding prisoners' mail seems to have been one of indifference, their attitude regarding visits to prisoner-of-war and internment camps was much more positive. Sport This ship carrying more than 548 British/Dutch POWs from Molucca to Java was torpedoed by USS Bonefish off Kangean (Bali) on 29/11/43, 548 POWs died. Sailed from Singapore to Japan (Moji) on 28/11/42 with 557 POWs, some reports show the ship terminating at Nagasaki however on this voyage. Prisoners captured by Japanese forces during this and the First Sino-Japanese War and World War I were also treated in accordance with international standards. Forces and returned to the United States. Sailed from Singapore to Japan (Moji) 27/10/42 with 1205 POWs. Not all camps had the same regime; some were far stricter than others often very much to the point of brutality so don’t be too surprised to hear of vastly differing experiences. Between them Germany and Italy captured a total of 142,319 British prisoners, with Japan capturing 50,016. The Imperial Japanese Army ran all camps in the North, with the Japanese Navy controlling those in the south. A harrowing account of the sinking and murder of many POWs is found in the book ‘Ships from Hell: Japanese War Crimes on the High Seas in World War II’ By Raymond Lamont-Brown. There is a great deal of evidence the ICRC did visit some camps which were made ‘presentable’ to them by the Japanese. The two camps were only separated by a small river/canal with a bridge built across it. Listed as an Imperial Japanese Navy gunboat and also as a freighter by different sources: sunk on 12/1/44. 1 Sub Camp, Fukuoka Group, Najima, Kashii PoW Camp, Japan, JC /248 Neawitz Camp,Omori Camp, Tokyo Group, Japan, JC /251 Kanose Camp D16, Hiroshima Group, Japan, JC /254 Yokohama No. Jun 8, 2019 - These photographs show the skeletal state of British prisoners in Japan at the end of the Second World War. The survivors were put aboard the Brazil Maru which arrived in Moji, Japan, on January 29, 1945. By July 1943 some POWs were transferred to the Japanese homeland camps where labour was in short supply. 37,583 prisoners from the United Kingdom, Commonwealth and Dominions, 28,500 from Netherlands and 14,473 from the United States were released after the surrender of Japan. All but Sister Lt Vivian Bullwinkel were killed. Again those at Macassar fared worst: they were each allowed to write one letter only, which was not despatched but readout, often in a mutilated fashion, during a broadcast from Radio Tokyo. Grashio joined the other prisoners of war in the infamous Bataan Death March. The German military used the Soviet Union's refusal to sign the Geneva Convention as a reason for not providing the necessities of life to Soviet POWs; and the Soviets also used Axis prisoners as forced labour. Mati –Mati =’wait, wait’ a nickname for this hell ship that zigzagged across the Pacific carrying POWs so much it was always a delayed journey. Left Belawan Sumatra on 25/6/44 bound for Pakanbaroe Sumatra and was sunk by Submarine HMS Truculent the next day, 180 of 720 POW and 27 of 55 Japanese troops killed. Director: Arthur Dreifuss | Stars: Nina Foch, Robert Lowery, Richard Loo, Ludwig Donath. Which are all released under the terms of Creativecommons.org/licenses/by-s/3.0/. Diagonal red lines drawn across the card means the serviceman died in captivity. During World War II, Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany (towards Soviet POWs and Western Allied commandos) were notorious for atrocities against prisoners of war. Sailed from Singapore on 01/05/43 carrying Indian POWs. After an exchange of salutes between the POWs and their senior officers, the firing squad opened fire. Violence by the guards was often reported, and it was common to receive a Binta (strong slap on the face) or various kinds of beatings. The ship then sailed from Manila on 11/10/44 to an unspecified port in Japan with 1800 Pows. An industrial area halfway between Medan and Pulo Berayan. Toyofuku Maru (AKA Hofuku Maru/Fuji Maru). The paperless archive (has detailed reports of many camps): . Japanese staff worked and lived in the camp's administration building, which also contained storage and toilet facilities. A Kempeitai Prison rather than a fully fledged POW camp, located in Rabaul town itself, https://www.awm.gov.au/events/conference/2002/degroen.asp, Report of the International Committee of the Red Cross on its activities during the Second World War, Vol,1,p.451, prisoner-of-war and internment camps in Japan, Allied prisoners and civilians in Japanese hands, Ships from Hell: Japanese War Crimes on the High Seas in World War II’, Japanese Registers of Allied Prisoners of War (PoWs), www.paperlessarchives.com/FreeTitles/POWCampsOutisdeJapan.pdf, 2 million exclusive records, found only on our site, Records transcribed in the UK for maximum accuracy, 1 on 1 Personal assistance from military photo and document experts, Access to Orbats mapping tool, allowing you to trace your WW1 ancestors steps. POWs never left the ship until September 2, 1944. Most of the causes of death were a disease, malnutrition, overwork, and poor sanitary conditions. Canadian Inventor (Mati Mati Maru/ Sekiho Maru). The survivors of the sinking were held for several days in an open tennis court at Olongapo Naval Base. There were three kinds of camps; branch, detached and dispatched camps. Art.IWM ART LD 5885; Photograph of the stone which commemorated the opening of the camp on 15 August 1942. The following day Suga, together with several of his officers were flown to the Australian base on Labuan, to await their trials as war criminals. Register with your email address now, we can then send you an alert as soon as we add a record close matching the one you were searching for. When the POWs were unable to work because of illness their food ration was cut. In addition to those two hospitals, POWs were sometimes sent to nearby Army hospitals or hospitals that belonged to the companies where they worked. The Yuzan Maru was a US-made freighter. As early as February 1942 proposals had been made to the Japanese by the British Commonwealth and United States governments for an exchange of civilian officials, together with a certain number of non-officials. 60 KM west of Bangkok and on the direct communication line of the Japanese Army. Tens of thousands of British servicemen endured the brutalities of Japan's prisoner of war camps during World War Two. These prisoners were then so mistreated that by the end of the war only 6 of the Australians had survived and every single one of the 700 British soldiers had died in … Toward the end of the war, the IJA moved many of the camps in the industrial areas inland or to areas closer to the Sea of Japan because of air raids by the U.S. Air Force and in anticipation of the invasion of Japan. All the prisoners were returned to their original barracks afterwards. The Hiroshima Main Camp absorbed Zentsuji POW Camp making a total of seven main camps. The men were regarded as not fit enough to be transferred to working areas but were shipped out of Changi anyway on 13 trains with no ventilation and little food or water. About 270 died aboard the ship, from suffocation or dehydration or were killed in the attack or from drowning while escaping the sinking ship. The prisoners resorted to digging trenches in the parade grounds as latrines. These contain basic details of each POW and in Japanese on the back additional information - that on POWs who died is particularly informative. Similar to the hellish conditions on the Bataan Death March, prisoners were often crammed into cargo holds with little air, food or water for journeys that could last weeks. However the track was sold to Thai Railways and the 130 km Ban Pong–Namtok section re-laid and is in use today.". Two torpedoes hit the hull of the ship which sank, killing several hundred American, Dutch and Filipino servicemen. Only 550 of the 900+ who sailed from Taiwan were still alive; 150 more men died in Japan, Taiwan, and Korea in the coming months, leaving only 403 survivors of the original 1620 to be liberated from camps in Kyushu, Korea, Manchuria, and Taiwan in August and September 1945. After mid-1944 most POWs on the east coast area were based at Sungeigerung camp. However, the pay was in the form of account books, not in cash. Japanese site - Covers Japanese camps only, accurate camp descriptions and a great deal of background information. Used to ferry 1287 British, Dutch & Australian POWs including RAF from Singapore leaving on 4th July 1944. Causes of World War 2 Your email address will not be sold or shared with anybody and will only be used to send you updates for this website. Manpower for the Imperial Japanese armed forces became ever more critical as Allied forces closed in, rolling back the tide of Japanese territory, so the Japanese began transferring POWs by sea back towards the Japanese home Islands. The ship was later sunk by US aircraft whilst carrying IJN personnel near Mindoro Island in the Philippines. A former British prisoner of war describes building the bridge over the River Kwai during WW2. Cofepow.org.uk is now making images of some original documentation and prisoner release/questionnaire forms. Sailed from Wewak, New Guinea on 17th March 1943 to Kavieng, New Ireland/Rabaul. These were: Recommended stories The Experiences of an R.A.F. On the 12th of September 1944 the convoy the Rakoyu was in was attacked by US submarines and the ship was hit by a torpedo from the US submarine Sealion. According to the findings of the Tokyo Tribunal, the death rate of Western prisoners was 27.1%, seven times that of POWs under the Germans and Italians. During the 1920s and 1930s, the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) adopted an ethos which required soldiers to fight to the death rather than surrender. Censorship was a prime difficulty in the way of prompt delivery: piles of uncensored mail were found in some Japanese camp offices on liberation, and it seems probable that some were destroyed to avoid the work involved in censorship. POWs& Soldiers", followed by 298 people on Pinterest. Later that day Suga formally surrendered to Brigadier Thomas Eastick, the commander of Kuching Force (a detachment from the Australian 9th Division) at Batu Lintang camp. It was the world's greatest sea disaster at the time with 5,640 dead. Ship sunk 21 September 1944 by an unidentified US submarine. Wada was sentenced to life imprisonment at hard labour. In addition to punching and slapping, the punishment could be meted out with a sword scabbard or the butt of a rifle. The POWs assembled at places such as Nagasaki, Nii-machi in Shizuoka Prefecture, Yokohama, Omori in Tokyo, Chitose in Hokkaido, and by the end of September, most of the POWs had returned to their home countries via Okinawa and Manila. Japan had signed, but not ratified, the Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War of 1929 (the 1929 Geneva Convention). During World War II, the Japanese Armed Forces captured nearly 140,000 Allied military personnel (Australia, Canada, Great Britain, India, Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United States) in the Southeast Asia and Pacific areas. Two nurses were killed in the bombing, nine were last seen drifting away from the ship on a raft and were never heard from again, and the rest reached the shore at Bangka Island, in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia). The ship was bombed by Japanese aircraft and sank. Kachidoki was torpedoed on 09/12/44 by USS Pampanito, 244 POWs died, the rest were eventually picked up by a Japanese whaling ship and landed ashore mainland Japan. Companies paid the total wages to the accountant officer of the Japanese Army, who gave it to a POW officer, who paid the POWs. They began preparing assembly areas for the POWs as soon as the Japanese surrender documents were signed on September 1, 1945. There are some Japanese who claim that the Japanese Army did their best to secure food for the POWs under the wartime conditions, but there is no denying that the POWs were in a poor physical condition toward the end of the war. Prisoners were routinely beaten, starved and abused and forced to work in mines and war-related factories in clear violation of the Geneva Conventions. This is an indexed collection where the record image can be seen. Took over 1000 Australian POWs from Changi POW camp Singapore (probably Selerang barracks as that was the Australian camp) sailing on 15th May 1942 for Belawan/Medan in northern Sumatra. 1  Hospital, Singapore, JC /10  Alexandra Hospital, Havelock Road working camp, Singapore, JC /39  Seletar Camp, ( naval case ), Singapore, JC /46  Buller Camp, Breucassie, Singapore, JC /89  Buket Timah, Chinese High School, Singapore, JC /140 Fort Connaught, Blakang Mati Island, Singapore, JC /45   Medan Quarantine Station and Gloeger, Sumatra, JC /148 Muntok, Bangka Island, off Sumatra, JC /167 Aek Ramienke Estate Camp 1, Sumatra, JC /302 Si Rengo Rengo, Ranthauparapat, Sumatra, Some of the material on this page was also partially derived from, , , , , , , , , , . In addition to the number of POWs who reached Japanese camps, approximately 11,000 POWs tragically lost their lives when allied air and submarine forces attacked the ships transporting the POWs to Japan. There were, of course, many thousands more Commonwealth prisoners. Arrived at Moji in Japan where POWs were sent onto Taisho sub-camp, one of a group of camps around Osaka and Kobe. A 17,000-ton transport ship sunk by the submarine USS Gudgeon 28 April 1943 at 10-18N, 121-44E, Ship sunk by USS Sailfish (SS-192) 4 December 1943. This may have been because the wages were only on paper. Sailed from Manila to Davao departing on 1/7/42 the journey lasted 8 days and had 200 POWs on board. Tha Sao 130 KM -Group 4 of D party from Singapore worked here. Breavington asked to be finished off and more rounds of bullets were fired into the four.’. However, in reality, they couldn't communicate with family more than once or twice during the duration of imprisonment, and there were camps where the POWs were not allowed to communicate with the world outside the camp at all. Typically, they were two-storied wooden buildings in a compound surrounded by wooden walls topped with barbed wire. Australian Prisoners Of War: Sandakan, Japan, Female Pows And Europe, War Time Experiences, Australia And World War II, History Year 9, NSW | Online Education Home Schooling Skwirk Australia. About 36,000 were transported to the Japanese Mainland to supplement the shortage of the work force, and compelled to work at the coal mines, mines, shipyards, munitions factories, etc. The basic menu was a bowl of rice, a cup of miso soup, and some pickles. the Home Islands of Japan) are regional camps listed in this source, even then it will be the main area camp listed, smaller branch camps are not listed individually. These nurses joined up with a group of men and injured personnel from the ship. There, about 1,000 of the survivors were loaded on another Japanese ship, the Enoura Maru, while the rest boarded the smaller Brazil Maru. Maryland, 1863. In most camps blankets were provided by the camp, however, many POWs reported that the severe winter cold adversely affected their health. To-158 Kotobuki Police Station, Yokohama? No communication with the other prisoners was authorized, and negotiations undertaken with the object of altering this state of things were not successful. Japanese. The Japanese stopped sending prisoners so we stayed in Saigon. Four other groups were sent to Fukuoka POW camps 1, 3, 4, and 17. ), No. It had 4 floors, 440 meters long X 110 yards wide, with walls and the roof made of concrete. Taiwan camp specialist site: very accurate rosters and painstakingly researched data. A complete roster for POWs transported on this ship can be found on the website www.lindavdahl.com. September 1945. Although Japanese registers the majority of the information is given in English. The Bangka Island massacre took place on 16 February 1942, when Japanese soldiers machine-gunned 22 Australian military nurses to death with only one survivor. YES Of the tens of thousands of Comfort Women - euphemism for sex slaves of the Japanese military - there was a small number of European women the Japanese captured during their invasion of European colonial possessions during 1942. The group of prisoners was then moved to San Fernando, Pampanga. However, this left Japanese ships susceptibl… But in the shipyards near Osaka, two starving British prisoners ate lard from a great tub used for greasing the slipway. Only 550 of the 900+ who sailed from Taiwan were still alive; 150 more men died in Japan, Taiwan, and Korea in the coming months, leaving only 403 survivors of the original 1620 to be liberated from camps in Kyushu, Korea, Manchuria, and Taiwan in August and September 1945. Many prisoners, however, indicated that because of the availability of fresh vegetables in the warmer months and local fish during winter, rations were in some ways better than at Jinsen and Keijo. WW2 People's War Homepage Archive List Timeline About This Site: Contact Us: Japanese Prisoner Of War by Norfolk Adult Education Service. Left Bugu, Mindanao on 3rd October 1942 for Manila carrying 268 POWs from Camp Casisang, they were then transferred to Bilibid prison. The National Archive has a large number (56,000 –not a complete set) of: ‘Japanese POW index cards 1942-1945 within its collections (not digital) these are held in Catalogue WO345. Terms of Service apply. In spite of repeated requests for the regular forwarding of complete lists, not only of captures but of transfers and casualties, the Japanese never appear to have set up an organisation capable of dealing even with the notifications of the capture of the 300,000 Allied nationals in their hands. Water had to be carried for one mile as the water main had been broken during the bombing. Starvation and malnutrition were the POW's most critical problems. Lieutenant Kenichi Nakagawa was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment. To-151 Kamioka Prison (Gummyoji) Yokohama. View the Japanese Registers of Allied Prisoners of War (PoWs) and Civilian Internees held in Camps in Singapore during WW2 with Forces War Records. One New Zealander who worked on the Burma–Thailand railway received 126 letters, another only three. Japanese Registers of POWs WWII - The records are contained in Japanese Registers of Allied Prisoners of War (PoWs) and civilian internees held in camps in Singapore, Second World War.This series comprises three registers which record the names of over 13,000 allied Prisoners of War and civilian internees of British and other nationalities during the Second World War. The Geneva Convention of 1929 established the rules for the treatment of prisoners of war that were used in World War II. a camp might be known both by its main (parent) camp and by that camp's location and also by its subcamp names and its location. Built by the Hong Kong government as a refugee camp before the war (as was North Point POW Camp), it began life as a POW camp soon after Kowloon and the New Territories were abandoned to the Japanese. Theirs was a remarkable story of … September 1945. There were 500 of us British, ... the Hell-ships they called them. In September and October 1943 several hundred Americans and Canadians, including a number from Hong Kong, walked with relief from the Teia Maru on to the Gripsholm at Marmagao in Portuguese India. The total number of POWs who died in all the camps in Japan was about 10 % of those who were transported to the home islands. A camp leader who openly criticised conditions and treatment was liable to be beaten after the departure of the visitor, and recourse was had sometimes to the passing of messages while shaking hands to convey the true situation. Japanese prisoners of war, though a rarity for part of the Pacific War, were taken as the war neared its end and immediately after the war had finished. Sailed from Sandakan Borneo to Labuan Island 0n 30th august 1943 arriving 3rd September with 8 POWs. Such beatings could result from simply offending the guard in some way. In each camp, there was some facility like a simple clinic, but medical supplies were as scarce as they were among Japan's civilian population. The new railway route commenced building on 22nd June 1942 and completed on 17th October 1943, the most famous part near the town Kanchanaburi spanning the river Mekhong is ‘Bridge 277’ the famous ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’. You are browsing in: Archive List > British Army. British Prisoner of War Films. There were many deaths, and the men were buried just outside the camp near the vegetable gardens of the Argyle Street Camp immediately on the other side of Argyle Street. Camp Gloegoer I was was from April until May 1942 located in former coolies’ sheds a kilometre east of the main road. Sailed from Guam 10/1/42 to an unspecified port in Japan arriving on 15/1/42 carrying 800 POWs. Three other Japanese officers were executed for mistreatment of POWs and/or civilians on other occasions, during 1942–45 and General Ito was sentenced to death that same year for war crimes committed in other parts of the Pacific. Singapore's civilian prison, Changi Gaol, was also on this peninsula. 14) by an air raid and seven were killed by the A-Bomb in Nagasaki Mitsubishi Ship-Building Branch Camp (Fukuoka No. September 1945. POWs who were allowed to remain at either of these camps were often from Changi Camp and still fit to work. War Office: Japanese Registers of Allied Prisoners of War and Civilian Internees held in Camps in Singapore, Second World War Description: This series comprises three registers which record the names of some 13,500 allied prisoners of war and civilian internees of British and other nationalities. The rate of pay was one yen per day per POW, paid to the camp by the company, out of which a Private received 10 sen a day, a non-commissioned officer 15 sen, and a warrant officer 25 sen. Officers were paid according to rank. Sailed from Singapore on 15/05/43 to Moji, Japan with 900 POWs on board. Anderson School, Ipoh, Perak State, Malaya. De Brug - The Bridge on the River Kwai (Khwae-Toi). Both ships reached Takao (Kaohsiung) harbour in Taiwan on New Year's Day, where the smaller group of prisoners was transferred from Brazil Maru to Enoura Maru, and 37 British and Dutch were taken ashore. Such a railway had been desired by the British government in Burma in the mid-19th century. 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