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Propaganda poster reporting United States Navy fleet losses to Japan

Object | Accession Number: 1998.136.5

Propaganda poster in French with a chart showing the number of warships that the United States had lost between October 27 and December 5, 1943, in the war with Japan. The poster was meant to show that the Pacific War was going badly for the Americans. It references two battles specifically, Bougainville and Gilbert and Marshall Islands, which were two campaigns that resulted in American victories over Japan. The poster claims that 50% of the US war fleet had been destroyed in a period of 39 days. The chart shows that 56 ships had been sunk and a further 41 had been damaged. The poster uses the 1939 ship force levels to inflate the percentage of US losses. In reality, the US navy in 1943 was 9 times larger than in 1939. Additionally, the information provided on the chart is inaccurate when compared with US reported losses, showing the poster to be disingenuous.

Artwork Title
American Pacific Fleet Losses in late 1943
publication:  after 1943 December 05
distribution: France
War propaganda
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 08:55:48
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