As the U.S. occupation begins in Japan, the first jeep from Atsugi Airbase encounters defeated Japanese soldiers on its way to Yokohama


At dawn on August 29, 1945, the American occupation of the Japanese home islands began. Eight hours after the first troops from the 11th Airborne Division had secured the airstrip on Atsugi, the Supreme Allied Commander, General Douglas MacArthur, arrived.

Japanese soldiers guarded the route to the city of Yokohama, the location where U.S. headquarters would be set up. Just as they had often done in the presence of the emperor, the guards turned their backs to the conquering American troops as they drove by in a gesture of utmost respect.

Date Made: 1945

Photographer: Mydans, Carl

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Japan: Kanagawa, Atsugi

See more items in: Work and Industry: Photographic History, Photography, Carl Mydans


Exhibition Location:

Related Publication: Life Magazine, Mydans, Carl. Carl Mydans, Photojournalist

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2005.0228.078Accession Number: 2005.0228Catalog Number: 2005.0228.078

Object Name: Photograph

Physical Description: paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 8 in x 10 in; 20.32 cm x 25.4 cm


Record Id: nmah_1303389

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