Members of the 442nd Combat Team, Japanese-American fighting unit, as they salute their country's flag in a brief review held the day of their arrival at Camp Shelby. Library of Congress / mediadrumworld.com

By Rebecca Drew

STUNNING images have been revealed showing what life was like for Japanese-American combat soldiers whose families were forced into US internment camps during WW2.

 

A company officer of the 442nd Combat Team makes corrections in the saluting technique of one of the rookies from Hawaii. Library of Congress / mediadrumworld.com

Americans of German descent were not treated in this way, despite Germany declaring war against America, and on the side of Japan, immediately after the Japanese attack on the US base, Pearl Harbour, which brought the US into the war on the side of Great Britain.

The series of incredible shots show soldiers of the 442nd Combat Team at a dance and saluting the American flag at Camp Shelby, Mississippi where Japanese-Americans trained in preparation for WW2.

 

Nyssa, Oregon.,FSA mobile camp. A Japanese mother and father with their US-born children in tent-home. One son is in US Army. Library of Congress / mediadrumworld.com

Other black and white pictures show Private Sam Oka handing Private Henry Oshiro gifts of candy and cigarettes sent to them by a pineapple company and learning how to shoot a tank

Some colour images show women standing outside a barber shop and men working in fields at the Tule Lake Relocation Centre, California.

 

Japanese-American camp, war emergency evacuation, Tule Lake Relocation Centre, Newell, California. Library of Congress / mediadrumworld.com

Other photos show Japanese people registering at the Santa Anita Assembly Centre, eating a meal in large halls and the accommodation families had to stay in after being forced to relocate to internment camps by President Franklin D. Roosevelt after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbour.

 

Japanese waiting for registration at the Santa Anita reception centre. Library of Congress / mediadrumworld.com

Despite fighting patriotically for America in opposition to their previous homeland, Japan, the families of Japanese-American combat troops were declared “enemy aliens” and interred in camps.

The 442nd Regimental Combat Team that comprised almost entirely of Japanese American and fought in Italy, France and Germany during WW2.

 

Japanese-American camp, war emergency evacuation, Tule Lake Relocation Centre, Newell, California. Library of Congress / mediadrumworld.com

Between 110,000 and 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry were moved to the camps.

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