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[Japanese propaganda and memorabilia relating to the Battle for Guadalcanal during World War II] [picture]
Bib ID 3061956
Format PicturePicture
Bell, Frank, -1994
Description 1942-1943 
19 flyers, 7 memorabilia, 2 photographs in box 80 x 30 x 9 cm. 

Collection of twenty-eight pieces primarily coloured aerial propaganda leaflets in a cartoon format, dropped by the Japanese on Guadalcanal and probably other islands in the Solomon Islands group. Their target audience were the Allies particularly the Australians and Americans with the aim of creating a rift between them, the propaganda playing on the Australians' perceptions of the Americans as "oversexed, overpaid and over there" as many fights broke out in Australia over the women. The memorabilia consists of two Japanese flags, Army and Navy, an American newspaper collage on silk, Japanese occupation money, photographs of the owner with this collection, Frank Bell.

Partial contents
  • Think how she is suffering
  • Framed
  • We were the happiest of couples
  • This guy was smart
  • Your happiness at home in Australia sacrificed
  • Aw! Heck! What's the use of thinking of those ugly-looking cripples ...
  • Island of deceit
  • That unforgettable embrace under the beautiful moon ...
  • Hey! you diggers! He came, he saw, he conquered!
  • Australia screams

During World War II Guadalcanal was a British Protectorate and Bougainville Island part of the mandated territories of Australia as was Rabaul the major city on New Britain Island, belonging to New Guinea. Guadalcanal, Bougainville Island belong to the Solomon Islands chain and this proximity played an important role in the Solomons Campaigns to occupy them. The Battle for Guadalcanal began in August 1942 and in the early stages involved a division of Australian cruisers (incl. the Australia and Hobart). Coastwatchers, an Australian initiative, was used on Bougainville and organised by the RAN. Once Guadalcanal was re-occupied by the Americans in 1943, Australians were involved in mopping up operations which lasted until 1944. Rabaul was the air hub for activities in New Guinea and the Solomons. To the Japanese it was the centre from which the projected invasion of Australia was to occur.

Related Material Japanese and Allied propaganda relating to the Japanese invasion of New Guinea in World War II located at MS 9002.  [Allied propaganda leaflet in Japanese] located at HSWp 25.  Tok bilog gavman located in Australian collection. 
Subjects World War, 1939-1945 -- Propaganda.  |  Propaganda, Japanese.  |  World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Solomon Islands -- Guadalcanal.  |  Guadalcanal (Solomon Islands), Battle of, 1942-1943.  |  World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, Australian
Time Coverage 1942-1943 


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