Anti-Nazi Propaganda Broadside of New Guinea Published in the British Empire
Fascinating WWII broadside propaganda map illustrating the Theater of War during the New Guinea, published in India, in order to keep the local populous informed about the War.
The map provides a detailed image of New Guinea, with a large inset showing New Guinea's location in the South Pacific.
New Guinea Campaign
The New Guinea campaign of the Pacific War lasted from January 1942 until the end of the war in August 1945. During the initial phase in early 1942, the Empire of Japan invaded the Australian-administered territories of the New Guinea Mandate (January 23) and Papua (March 8) and overran western New Guinea (beginning March 29-30), which was a part of the Netherlands East Indies. During the second phase, lasting from late 1942 until the Japanese surrender, the Allies—consisting primarily of Australian and US forces—cleared the Japanese first from Papua, then the Mandate and finally from the Dutch colony.
The campaign resulted in a crushing defeat and heavy losses for the Empire of Japan. As in most Pacific War campaigns, disease and starvation claimed more Japanese lives than enemy action. Most Japanese troops never even came into contact with Allied forces, and were instead simply cut off and subjected to an effective blockade by the US Navy. Garrisons were effectively besieged and denied shipments of food and medical supplies, and as a result, some claim that 97% of Japanese deaths in this campaign were from non-combat causes.