University of Bristol - Historical Photographs of China reference number: JS03-47. Photograph taken at the official surrender of the Japanese Armies of 47 Divisions in China, to the Chinese and representatives of the allied forces, in the Forbidden City, Peking (Beijing), on 10 October 1945.  John E. Stanfield, then a Major in the Royal Signals, Special Operations Executive, Force 136, witnessed the occasion, and signed the surrender documents as the representative of the British Army. A copy of this print in the Stanfield Family Collection is captioned: "THE JAPANESE C IN C NORTH CHINA ABOUT TO SIGN THE SURRENDER ON THE DRAGON PAVEMENT IN FRONT OF THE GRAND CORONATION PALACE IN THE FORBIDDEN CITY.”  The Commander in Chief ("C IN C") of the North China Area Army was Hiroshi Nemoto.  See JS-s013JS-s035, JS-s038, JS-s118, JS-s119, JS03-40, JS03-42, JS03-43, JS03-44, JS03-45, JS03-46JS03-48, JS03-49, JS04-048, JS04-049, JS04-050, JS04-052, JS04-055, JS04-056, JS04-057, JS04-059, JS04-060, JS04-062, JS04-063.

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FORBIDDEN CITY PEKING. JAPANESE COMMANDERS OF 47 DIVISIONS OF ARMIES IN CHINA. Japanese surrender delegation about to surrender their swords in front of the Grand Coronation Palace of the Emperors of China.
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