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Pictorial Map of the South Pacific Campaigns of WWII

A mammoth and colourful?propaganda?poster of the South Pacific issued by the U.S. Navy Department near the end of World War II.?

This impressive, separately-published?pictorial map?highlights events across the South Pacific, beginning with the Japanese strikes of late 1941 and early 1942, identified by sweeping orange arrows. American counteroffensives are shown by light blue arrows, beginning with the 1942 landings on Guadalcanal, with the limits of American control as of the end of April 1944 indicated by a dashed white line. Further west of this line is additional arrows indicating American raids on Truk, the Marianas and elsewhere. A small inset at lower left explains the staggering distances involved and explains the strategic rationale for the long and bloody campaign to retake the Pacific islands held by Japan: ?Without the thousands of pin-point islands in the immense Southwest Pacific, air traffic would be difficult, if not impossible. Approximately five United States could be contained in this area.?

A slightly jarring feature of the map is a primer on ?Peoples of the Pacific? at lower right. It features portraits and capsule ethnographic descriptions of Filipinos (?graceful in movement?), Australian Aborigines (?primitive?), Melanesians (?flat noses, frizzy hair?), Micronesians (?fishing is the chief activity?) and Polynesians (?tall, well-built, handsome?).

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