Title: 1st Australian Armoured Car Squadron Group – British Commonwealth Occupation Force Japan

Author: Unknown

Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

Publisher: Hiroshima Printing Company

Publication Date: 1947


Cover: Hard Cover without Dust Jacket – small autograph book size – 70 pages

Comments: The now extremely rare history of the 1st Australian Armoured Car Squadron Group attached to the British Commonwealth Occupation Force – Japan (BCOF). A very rare book that has pictures of the vehicles and the soldiers of the squadron and was only printed in very small numbers.

 It later formed the 1st Armoured Regiment upon it’s return to Australia. This is the first copy on the market in many years.

The British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF), was the name of the joint Australian, Canadian, British, Indian and New Zealand military forces in occupied Japan, from 21 February 1946 until the end of occupation in 1952. At its peak, BCOF comprised about 40,000 personnel, equal to about 25% of the number of US military personnel in Japan.

While US forces were responsible for military government, BCOF was responsible for supervising demilitarisation and the disposal of Japan’s war industries. BCOF was also responsible for occupation of the western prefectures of Shimane, Yamaguchi, Tottori, Okayama, Hiroshima and Shikoku Island. They were also supported by the Women’s Auxiliary Service (Burma). BCOF headquarters was at Kure.

For most of the occupation period Australia contributed the majority of the BCOF’s personnel. The initial BCOF presence included the Australian 34th Infantry Brigade, British 5th Infantry Brigade, Indian 268th Brigade and the 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force (in J-Force). The position of commanding officer was always filled by Australians: Lt Gen. John Northcott, February to June 1946; Lt Gen. Horace Robertson, June 1946 to November 1951, and; Lt Gen. William Bridgeford from November 1951 until the end of the occupation.

Includes Nominal Roll