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Archive on Evacuating US Troops from Indo-China - With the Complete Run of a Ship-Board Bulletin

Anderson News, nos. 1–18 (all published). With a small archive of mimeographed documents and one map, documenting the return of U.S. troops from the South-East Asian theatre of World War II.

[Aboard the USS General A.E. Anderson between Karachi and New York]: Information and Education Office (U.S. Navy), October 22–November 8, 1945. Tall quartos (33 × 20.5 cm). Single sheets, with mimeographed typescript and decorative elements to rectos and versos; [2] p. per issue. About very good, save for occasional light fraying to upper or lower margins.

Scarce complete run of the mimeographed ship bulletin “Anderson News”, which was printed aboard the USS General A. E. Anderson on nearly each day of the ship's voyage, and issued by the vessel's Information and Education office. The run is given as volume XIII, due to the fact that during each distinct voyage separate series were issued. The present issues are dated October 22 (shortly after the departure from Karachi) to November 8, 1945 (shortly prior to arrival in New York). They contain news, information about the journey and events on board, reports on sports and the movies, and various forms of military humor. Each issue features a small mimeographed drawn map showing the ship's progress. Among the headlines are: “We’re Super…Says Japs,” “Six Million to be Home by May ‘46’”, “Hitler Search Continues,” “Atomic Bomb Control,” “Quisling Bumped Off” “It’s Hirohito who Pays,” “Nazi Conspiracy,” “Jap Blood Orgy,” and “Buffalo’s Barmaids.” As of February 2022, no issues of the journal could be traced via KVK, OCLC.

Offered together with additional mimeographed documents that document the evacuation from from Karachi to New York, all formerly owned by one Captain William Kotler (1917–2009), who returned home aboard the ship and subsequently lived in San Francisco as a pharmacist (his name is found on several of the documents). Kotler was apparently a member of the Air Transport Command of the India-China Division, which had been established in order to deliver material aid by plane across the Himalayas to Chiang Kai-shek's Chinese Nationalist forces, who were combatting the Japanese occupation. The documents include:

1. Headquarters, India-China Division AIT Transport Command (U.S. Military). Special Orders, Number 269 Extract, “Restricted.” September 26, 1945. 2 pp. of mimeographed typescript to single quarto sheet.

Official letter addressed to six listed U.S. Army officers stationed in India, summoning them to return stateside. The list includes the name of Captain William Kotler, the original compiler of the present archive, and notes the officers' names, rank, age, race, service number, unit, and the locations (U.S. Army base) where they originally enlisted in the service.

2. [U.S. Military Command, Karachi]. “Information Concerning Karachi” and “Guide to Karachi.” [Karachi, October 1945]. 2 pp. of mimeographed typescript to single tall quarto sheet. Includes a “Guide” and a full-page map.

An interesting guide to Karachi, a busy port in British India (today's Pakistan), that served as the departing port for many U.S. servicemen returning from the India-China Campaign. Aside from an overview of the city, it gives advice on what to “avoid”, such as “any association with prostitutes” or “voicing any opinions on local politics”. It also recommends clubs, movie theatres, churches, transportation options, and warns that the military curfew was 1 a.m. With a full-page map of downtown Karachi.

3. [U.S.S. General A.E. Anderson Information and Education Office (U.S. Navy)]. “The Suez Canal” (Including World Map). [October 1945]. 2 pp. of mimeographed typescript to single tall quarto sheet, with text to recto and map to verso.

A description and history of the Suez Canal, the nexus between the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, which needed to be traversed by the ship en route to New York in order to shorten to the trip to 18 days (at 8200 miles) rather than 28 days (and 11,500 miles), which would have been the route around the Cape of Good Hope.

4. USS General A. E. Anderson Transportation Office. Special Orders, Number 33. [At Sea, October 22, 1945]. 3 pp. of mimeographed typescript to 2 tall quarto sheets, with a diagram of the ship.

Document with information on the USS General A. E. Anderson (AP-111), a U.S. Navy troop transport ship active during World War II and the Korean War (1943–1958), which made several long-haul voyages to shuttle troops between Asia and the United States. The document assigns various duties to the offers aboard and also provides a cross-section of the ship itself, carefully labeled and with statistics on the number of passengers per section.

Book ID: 51779

Price: $2,750.00