During World War II, the U.S. Government Printing Office published a series of large format newsmaps about overseas battlefields and the role of war related activities at home. This 1945 Newsmap Industrial Edition, published three weeks after V-E Day in Europe, is in essence a 20th century broadside of American war news. The large format piece could have been posted in public places, such as U.S. Post Offices, libraries, town halls and government buildings. The Newsmap could also have been used by U.S. newspapers. This Newsmap is large and has three maps showing the Allied war activity in the Pacific: one is a Map of Japan, one is Nagoya Ablaze and the third is a Map of China and Japan. Text accompanies these maps and explains the "gigantic vise" created by China attacking Japanese positions along China's east coast, near Formosa while American soldiers laid siege on Japan's main islands. Many tens of thousands of casualties, both American and Japanese in the ferocious fighting are noted.
Themes of American industrial support for the war effort include an illustrated article about lumber "Lumber is a Combat Weapon". U.S. Military canine corps members are shown in rough huts, chained for their meals. The Asian tropics are illustrated with a photograph titled "Open Air Warehouse" and another photograph labeled "Matches Go to War" shows matches treated with a coating to resist humidity and being submerged in water when carried by U.S. soldiers fording rivers or caught in tropical downpours. A photograph of a freshly dug cemetery with wooden grave markers bears the news that "new crosses and Stars of David" will soon replace the plain wood markers. For some comfort to American service families, "Turkey for the Boys" shows a vehicle of soldiers carrying frozen turkeys for Thanksgiving dinner and one dutiful soldier holds up a frozen Tom for the photographer.
A dangerous and alien land is brought home to Americans with war photographs and maps that still speak to us about the WWII experiences of American soldiers in the Pacific.