Prisoners of war
"Japanese soldier - Hid out on Biak waiting for his unit to return so he could re-join them. Unable to walk, he was brought in on a make-shift stretcher" From "Darkroom Soldier": "Survivor. Hill photographed this unidentified Japanese soldier sometime during Septermber, 1944. He would have been one of the 462 Japanese prisoners-of-war identified by the Sixth Army's count in mid-October, 1944: 'Japanese casualties on Biak included 6,127 killed or found dead, 462 Japanese PW's, and 304 Formosan PW's. In addition it was estimated that there were 2,000 unlocated dead....[By early 1945,] 'probably less than 1,500 men of the Japanese garrison [of over 12,000] remained alive." ("Darkroom Soldier" caption authored by George Venn)
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Biak, New Guinea
From the Collection of Fred Hill