Shannon Stirnweis (B. 1931) "Japanese Capture Guam" Signed lower right. Original oil painting on Illustration Board.
Provenance: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation.
This painting originally appeared on the Republic of the Marshall Islands 29c Japanese Capture Guam 1941 stamp issued December 10, 1991.
The shock of the attack on Pearl Harbor had barely begun to sink in when Americans learned of more Japanese attacks throughout the Pacific. Less than 24 hours after the tragedy at Pearl Harbor, Japanese troops attacked Guam in the southwestern Pacific. Stationed on Guam were some 400 U.S. Marines, plus a force of approximately 300 native troops. They were no match for the invasion force of 5,000 Japanese. After fierce aerial attack, a special landing force of Japanese troops stormed Dungas Beach and moved inland. Although the defenders fought gallantly, they were unable to stop the flow of the enemy onto the island. Finally, less the three days after the attack began, the island of Guam fell officially into the hands of Imperial Japan.
Image Size: 15.75 x 24 in.
Overall Size: 19.75 x 28 in.
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