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Article about: Here's a flag from my collection that was brought home, or sent home by a Kiwi veteran. The vet was with 'A' Company, 35th Battalion, 2nd NZEF. The flag was taken on Nissan Island, which is

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    Here's a flag from my collection that was brought home, or sent home by a Kiwi veteran. The vet was with 'A' Company, 35th Battalion, 2nd NZEF. The flag was taken on Nissan Island, which is part of the Green Islands group, in February 1944.


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    This flag is a little un-usual because the vet has outlined the kanji with an ink pen.


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    The vet also wrote his details, and where and when the flag was taken.


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    The best part about this item is this photo of the vet holding it. The Kiwi vet is on the right. On the left is an American vet. I have both names of these guys. The Nissan Island operation was a joint Kiwi/American venture.


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    In the photo above, the vets are holding the flag this way.


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    Regards

    Russ

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    Hi Russ, nice item!

    Have you had any of it translated?

    I am sure the members here would give you an idea of what it says.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Hi Ade

    Many thanks for your comments!

    Yes, not fully translated as such but Nick offered the following key information several years ago:

    "The owner of the flag appears to have been a civil servant assigned to a remote government outpost office in the southern tip of Taiwan, who got drafted and received this flag from his colleagues at the office there."

    I have several other items that the kiwi vet brought back, or sent home.

    I will add these to this thread as time permits.

    Regards

    Russ

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    What a superb grouping! I especially like the photo-it gives it "solidity"! A Civil Servant? Wow...I wonder who he annoyed to get sent into combat on a remote island only to, likely get the chop himself.
    William

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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    Very interesting flag!Thank you for posting Nice to have the photo,it kind of transcends time when displayed with the flag.

    Regards,Geoff

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    This is just great!!! Does not get any better!

    Michael
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    Many thanks gents for your fine comments on this flag - much appreciated!

    Keeping with the flag for a moment, here's a pic of some medical equipment sitting on top of the flag, which appears to be upside down.


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    Here's the whole photo of the vets with the flag.


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    Same flag with several more vets.


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    Some more later!

    Regards

    Russ

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    Nice provenance !! It doesn't get much better than this.. G
    I'd rather be A "RaD Man than a Mad Man "

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    More items from the group, including this, which the vet has written on.


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    And the contents of his letter home.


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    Also, this neat photograph of a vet wearing what looks to be a winter navy petty officer cap. Must be a great celebration!


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    Another piece of paperwork. After some clever detective work, Nick managed to identify the tally as from the cruiser Aoba.


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    And the reverse...


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    That's about it for the Nissan grouping - hope you enjoyed some of my most treasured items!


    Regards

    Russ

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    And as always, my thanks go to Nick for his excellent work and assistance to my many requests!

    Regards

    Russ

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