[Washington: 1943]. pp. Folio pamphlet, stapled. Original pictorial wrappers. Light wear to wraps, heavier at corners; spine beginning to perish. Even toning to initial and final leaves, otherwise clean internally. About very good. Item #1737
A fascinating example of propaganda distributed by the War Relocation Authority and the War Department in early 1944, published to publicize pro-Japanese-American stories of loyalty and to assuage suspicious white Americans during the height of World War II. This large pamphlet contains articles on the 442nd Combat Team, a unit formed in 1943 with volunteers from the ten Japanese internment camps, and the 100th Battalion, a unit of Hawaiian National Guardsmen formed after Pearl Harbor that included many Japanese-Americans. Both units fought in Italy in 1943 and 1944, with the 100th Battalion participating in the invasion of Sicily and the 442nd Combat Team later joining the advance up the Italian peninsula. A third article briefly discusses Nisei contributions to the war effort in the Pacific and in the Women's Army Corps. Each story is heavily illustrated with photographs of Japanese-American servicemen in action and in portrait. The final pages and inside rear cover comprise a collage of newspaper articles testifying to the patriotism of Japanese-Americans soldiers, with headlines like, "Japanese-American Fought Nips on Attu."