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Minister for Defence  214/9/14
Troops under my command occupied Kaiser Wilhelshafen to-day without opposition - Flag hoisted proclamation issued principal official absent  Four officials and Thirteen other Germans surrendered  All subscribed oath neutrality  The officials will. be temporarily engaged assist administration others are planters  Missionaries business men - Forty fighting men left Wilhelmshafen fortnight ago reinforce German troops New Britain but arrived after capitulation now prisoners at Rabaul  Found private stores well stocked - Health of troops excellent - Returning Rabaul


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