Japanese machine gunner's photograph album
Held at: University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts [Contact Us]3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206
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Overview and metadata sections
In 1937 Japan invaded the Republic of China, setting in motion the Second Sino-Japanese War, the largest Asian war in the 20th century. The war was the result of imperialist expansion into China by the Japanese Empire in search of raw materials, which had resulted in the 1931 invasion of Manchuria and the establishment of the puppet state of Manchuko. During the Second Sino-Japenese War, the Japanese army was ultimately successful in controlling most of China's large urban centers; however, it was unable to control China's rural areas. The United States entered the war in 1941, inaugurating the greater Pacific War (the Pacific Theater of World War II). Military and economic support from the Western Allies, combined with successful advances by the Chinese Revolutionary Army, led to Japan's formal surrender in 1945.
This album contains photographs taken by a heavy machine gunner in the Japanese Imperial Army during the Second Sino-Japanese war. The photographs include posed group shots from army training, less formal group shots taken in the field, and is especially notable for its action shots from the battlefield, as well as candid photographs of military travel and camp life. The landscape suggests deployment in Northeastern China. There is little specific biographical information for the soldier who assembled the photographs, and any dating is approximate. Some photographs contain captions, but the handwriting is difficult to decipher.
Sold by Alexander Historical Auctions, 2019
- University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
- Finding Aid Author
- Sam Allingham
- Finding Aid Date
- 2021 September 1
- Access Restrictions
This collection is open for research use.
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