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The news, flashed to the four corners of a tense andexpectant world, stated that Emperor Hirohito had accepted the PotsdamDeclaration, had issued an Imperial Rescript, and was ready to order his forces to cease resistance at once and lay down their arms.
They had not, however, been ordered to cease resistance and on the night of 17/18 August a raiding party killed one man and wounded six others of B Company.