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QUESTION: HELLO AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. I HAVE A 14 x 20 INSTRUMENT OF SURRENDER WITH JAPAN, 8 PAGE DOCUMENT U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE 1945 O-667416. THE PAGES ARE WRITTEN IN ENGLISH AND JAPANESE. CAN YOU GIVE ME ANY INFORMATION ABOUT IT PLEASE.

ANSWER: It sounds like this is a facsimile, printed by the GPO, of the surrender documents signed by the U.S. and Japan ending World War II.

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QUESTION: Thank you for your reply. Do you know if these were given away, sold, etc and how many like this would have been made? It is on very heavy paper and is held together with a very old rusty staple in the top left corner. Thank you again and look forward to hearing from you.

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My guess is that since it is a GPO document, copies were given to government agencies (the National Archives, Library of Congress, the Defense Department and State Department, among them), and it also was made available to the public for sale. That's the typical case with documents of this type printed by the GPO.

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I can answer most questions dealing with all aspects of U.S. military history. My expertise is the Vietnam War. I also have written extensively about the U.S. Civil War, World War II, World War I, The Philippine War, and the American Revolution. My books include a concise biography of the Marquis de Lafayette, the history of the American Flag, and the post-Jefferson history of Monticello, and therefore know a great deal about those specific subjects. I specialize in writing about matters of strategy--not tactics. And I also am interested in personalities. I have very little knowledge about ordnance or the value of old military memorabilia. Nor do I know a lot about uniforms and insignia--except about the Vietnam War. To repeat: I have no expertise in assessing the value of ordnance or uniforms or any type of military equipment. And my knowledge about military uniforms is only limited to those of the Vietnam War era. If you have questions on these topics, I recommend contacting an antiques dealer in your area who specializes in military uniforms, ordnance, etc.

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