Surrender of Italy, Germany and Japan, World War II
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and peoples of the West may walk side by side in mutual respect and with mutual benefit. The his- tory of our sovereignty there has now the full con- fidence of the East. And so, my fellow-countrymen, today I report to you that your sons and daughters have served you well and faithfully with the calm, deliberate, deter- mined fighting spirit of the American soldier and sailor based upon a tradition 6f historical trait, as against the fanaticism of any enemy supported only by mythological fiction, their spiritual strength and power has brought us through to victory. They are homeward bound-take care of them. "We command all Our people forthwith to cease hostilities, to lay down their arms and faithfully to carry out all the pro- visions of the Instrument of Surrender..." Imperial Rescript by HIROHITO, Emperor of Japan, prior to the signing of the surrender instrument. Toyko. September 2, 1915.17 Accepting the terms set forth in Declaration issued by the heads of the Governments of the United States, Great Britain, and China on July 26th, 1945, at Potsdam and subsequently adhered to by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, We have com- manded the Japanese Imperial Government and the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters to sign on 17 The End of the War in the Pacific/Surrender Documents in Facsimile. National Archives Publication No. 46-6. Washington. Government Printing Office, 1945, 99
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