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Allied naval forces steamed into Tokyo Bay August 28th 1945 to prepare for the occupation of Japan. The surrender ceremony took place on board the US battleship Missouri September 2nd. Representatives of the Japanese Emperor, Japanese Government and Imperial High Command signed the surrender documents, gold edged for the Allies and black edged for the Japanese.

The signature of General Douglas Mac Arthur completed the documents. For all the nations at war with Japan, his signature was witnessed by Lt - General Percival commander of the British forces that surrendered to the Japanese at Singapore and Lt - General Wainwrite who became a captive of the Japanese following the battles at Bataan and Corregidor. Signatures were added by representatives of the United States of America, United Kingdom, Russia, Australia, Canada, France, Netherlands and New Zealand.

Below, the surrender ceremony onboard the USS Missouri.
Surrender ceremony

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