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U.S. Coast Guard Photographer: “Old Glory”. An original b/w press photograph of Stars and Stripes waving over the ruins of the Kwajalein atoll in the Marshall group of islands in the Pacific on January 31, 1944. Back with describing text from U.S. Public Relations Division. Photo size 25×20,5 cm. Frame size 43×33 cm.

The Battle of Kwajalein and Roi-Namur - today belonging to the Republic of the Marshall Islands - was fought as part of the Pacific Campaign of World War II. It took place from January 31 – February 3, 1944 and saw fierce fighting and extreme resistance spirit and self-sacrifice from the Japanese side, which from the begínning was inferior to the American striking power. However, the Japanese kept fighting - and thus dying - and eventually only 51 out of 3,500 Japanese soldiers were left to surrender. The two highest ranking Japanese officers took their own lives to avoid the humiliation of captivity.

Seller informs

This is an original b/w press photograph from 1944, which shows some discolouration in the left side and creased corners. Has yellowed slightly. Back with discolouration. Furthermore normal signs of handling.

Please note that Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers has not physically examined this item, the estimate is solely based on the seller’s photographic material. Therefore, we cannot provide a description of the condition, and it is not possible to request a report on the item’s condition.

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1,000 kr.

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500 kr.  

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936051 500 kr.