Japan, The Target

Preparing for the ultimate assault on Japan.

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This eye-catching map of the Japanese home territory was illustrated and published by the talented Ernest Dudley Chase at his home studio in Winchester, Massachusetts in 1944. Bright primary colors are splashed across an action-packed page that’s filled with information of interest to a wartime audience.

Japanese-controlled areas are highlighted in yellow, though a note in Manchukuo indicates its likely return to China after the war. Concentric circles around Tokyo are shown in 200-mile increments, creating a literal target on the city. Dozens of planes are shown speeding towards the capital, showcasing Allied aerial superiority and technological prowess. The models include some of the most well-known aircraft constructed during the war, such as the P-51 Mustang and B-17 Flying Fortress, as well as obscure planes like the A-31 Vengeance and the B-34 Ventura.

The verso of the sheet presents a battle map of the entire Pacific Theater, including the United States and much of Asia. Allied and Axis possessions are shown across the region – the U.S. presence on Guam indicates the map was issued during the summer, sometime after July.


Map Details

Publication Date: 1944

Author: Ernest Dudley Chase

Sheet Width (in): 15.25

Sheet Height (in): 22.40

Condition: A

Condition Description: Lightly creased and faintly worn along originally issued fold lines. Near fine.

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