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26th August 1945

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Events On This Day

In Japan. Soviet ground forces begin occupying the Kurile Islands Onnekotan, Shasikotan and Matsewa have been occupied. Rutaka, in the south of Sakhalin Island has been occupied as well.

In Burma. Japanese envoys, led by Lieutenant General Takazo Numato, Chief of Staff to Field Marshal Hisaichi Terauchi, Commander in Chief, Japanese Southern Army, arrives at an airfield outside Rangoon this morning to carry out surrender arrangements in Southeast Asia.

In Hong Kong. Instructions have been given to the Japanese garrison to surrender to Rear Admiral Cecil Halliday Jepson Harcourt.

In Britain. Sir Arthur Harris, the Commander in Chief of British Royal Air Force (RAF) Bomber Command since February 1942, announces his resignation. He will relinquish his command next month and retire from the British Royal Air Force (RAF) shortly afterwards.

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The Second Great War.
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The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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