The attack came in two waves, and hundreds of people – including civilians – were killed. It was the beginning of many Japanese attacks on Australia (there were approximately 100 more attacks), who had been involved in the conflict since the beginning of the war.
This is Christmas Day in Papua New Guinea in 1942. Injured Australian soldier George C. “Dick” Whittington is helped to a hospital by Raphael Oimbari. These native men were named the “Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels” by the Australian soldiers for the help they provided them in the Second World War.
Sadly, the injured soldier died a few weeks after this picture was taken.
Halfway through the Second World War, after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and the United States joined the conflict, American citizens and legal US residents of Japanese descent were moved to internment camps for the remainder of the war.
Construction of the Gila River War Relocation Center in Arizona began in May 1942.
A few months later, in the same year, the camp hosted a Christian service and then a Harvest Festival parade on Thanksgiving Day. The holiday fell on the 26th of November that year.