c. 1944. 24" x 36", 1 pp. broadside, hand drawn with heavy pencil or charcoal, training material for WWII island invasions. Signed: "Landing Team-2 / Intelligence Section / Drawings By John G. Ward Jr. Fold-3 database identifies a soldier of the same name from Philadelphia PA, b. 1917, who was a steam fitter at the start of war. Likely a training poster created to prepare soldiers and marines for amphibious assault landing and direct fire confrontation with well ensconced Japanese enemy. The Landing Team is preparing the attacking soldiers to encounter and overcome Japanese positions. Focus is on the block house with machine gun portals and mounted on top by 13 mm guns. Special attention is given to the likelihood of these bunkers being camouflaged by palm trees and local vegetation. Demonstration is evident as to how the bunkers are built into and beneath the natural grade of the terrain with rear entry and frontal defensive positions. Very good with nine horizontal folds and one vertical fold and associated wrinkles. Two small stains in top left quadrant, Item #3121
"Don't let his fool you! - But look what's behind it."