Original U.S. WWII 44th Infantry Division G-2 Intelligence Section Made “Keep ‘em Dyin’” Japanese Tactics Poster

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a lovely example of a WWII 44th Division unit made poster. Posters like these are still common to see in today’s military and were never really “official”. This example was so beloved by many other units that saw them, that they were often “reproduced”, such as this example. I know when we see the word “reproduced” in the collecting world we immediately assume that it’s “new made”, however this is a period “reproduction” and was copied from the 44th Division to be used by the 69th Engineer Company during WWII.

The poster features all hand drawn “tactics” which are geared towards being more comedic than actually serious. They display comparison traits between American soldiers to Japanese soldiers and basically everything the Americans excelled in, the Japanese was the complete opposite. The main feature of the poster is the ever so popular Keep ‘em dyin’ caricature located towards the top.

The poster measures approximately 20” x 17 ¾” and is offered in great condition. Due to how thick the poster is, the material is fragile in places and does have tearing present, so handle with caution.

A lovely example ready for further research and display.

The 44th Infantry Division was a division of the United States Army National Guard from October 1920 to November 1945, when it was inactivated after Federal Service during World War II. A second 44th Infantry Division existed in the Illinois Army National Guard from 1946 until October 1954, when that division was disbanded after federal service during the Korean War.

The division was en route to New Jersey on 7 December 1941, returning to Fort Dix when news was heard of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. A regimental combat team, based on the 113th Infantry, was immediately detached from the division and attached to the Eastern Defense Command to provide ground forces for the defense of the East Coast from New York to Philadelphia. Shortly afterwards, the remainder of the division moved to Camp Claiborne, LA, where the 44th Division was reorganized and redesignated, the 44th Infantry Division on 16 February 1942.

The division was then sent to Fort Lewis Washington, where it participated in defense of the West Coast under the Western Defense Command for the remainder of 1942. In February 1943, the 44th Infantry Division, much reduced through the loss of personnel and units entered a period of rebuilding and training. After completing the "D-Series", division-level training, the 44th was sent to participate in the multi-division Fourth Army #6 Louisiana Maneuvers, 7 February-3 April 1944.The division then moved to Camp Phillips, KS for its final pre-deployment preparations. The division moved by railroad to Camp Myles Standish, Massachusetts, arriving on 24–27 August 1944; departing the United States via the Boston Port of Embarkation on 5 September 1944.

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