5.21.2004
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Axis Graffiti
uncredited photo, dated September 24, 1943

Left behind for the invading 1st Special Service Force troops at Kiska in the Aleutian Islands was this bizarre example of anti-American graffiti written in English by a Japanese soldier who apparently spoke German. The strange admixture of languages was scrawled on the wall of a former Japanese headquarters that was captured during the unopposed Canadian-American landings. On the left: "You are dancing by foolische (im Deutsch, or in German) order of Rousebelt (Roosevelt)." On the right: "We shall come again and kill out separately, Yanki-joker."

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