Original WWII Japanese Silk Named Trench Art Flag - 89th Field Artillery Battalion
Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This is a WW2 Imperial Japanese silk flag that measures 28? x 32?. It was captured by a USGI in the 89th Field Artillery Battalion then hand painted in the Pacific Theatre of Operations. The flag documents the movement of the 89th Field Artillery Battalion who first saw action at GUADALCANAL in the first wave of attacks against the Japanese. The flag reads as follows:
89th F.A. BN
(Image of a tank moving through the jungle)
(image of an islander in traditional mask and loin cloth)
(image of a beach with palm trees)
(image of the 89th Field Artillery Battalion insignia)
25th M.P. PLT HONSHU JAPAN
(image of a Japanese temple)
(image of a traditional Japanese house)
(image of an island home)
The quality of the hand painting is excellent, clear done by a skilled artist, perhaps an local Japanese artist paid by occupying forces or a fellow US soldier. Regardless, this unique flag tells the story of a battalion that fought at some of the most crucial battles of the Pacific campaign during World War Two. More can be read about the 89th Field Artillery Battalion in the book United States Army In WWII - The Pacific - Guadalcanal: The First Offensive by Samuel Milner.
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