[Japan. December 8, 1942]. Printed preliminary leaf and forty albumen photographs, 5 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches or the reverse, mounted to cards with printed text sheets tipped to versos. Printed key to photographs on inside cover of portfolio. Quarto. Original blue cloth portfolio with silk ties, gilt title on front cover. Minor wear and rubbing to cloth. Light foxing to mounts. Photographs in excellent condition. Very good. Item #WRCAM55690
A complete series of Japanese propaganda photographs published on December 8, 1942, a day after the first anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The photos include military commanders Terauchi Hisaichi and Yamamoto Isoroku, several images of destruction at Pearl Harbor, the sinking of the Prince of Wales and Repulse, scenes of bombings in Singapore and Manila, the sinking of HMS Cornwall and HMS Hermes, paratroopers, bombers and warships, flamethrowers, captured soldiers on the Bataan Death March, the attack at Rangoon, a scene in Kiska, Alaska in the Aleutian Islands, the Battle of the Solomon Islands, and other military engagements of the Pacific Theater. An interesting work, similar to SPECIAL ATTACK FLOTILLA, another book of Japanese propaganda published in 1942, but that one printed in English and aimed toward a foreign audience. The present work, however, was clearly intended for a Japanese audience, as none of the text is printed in English. In the midst of the war, the Japanese were clearly proud of Pearl Harbor and their other early victories and occupations at Bataan, the Solomons, and the Aleutian islands, all of which are celebrated here. A rare photographic work of Japanese propaganda during World War II, with no copies listed in OCLC.