Theodor Seuss Geisel, better-known as Dr. Seuss, well-known author of children’s books, and somewhat of a political subversive by his own admission, patriotically aided the American war effort in World War II working for the US Army.
Among other written and illustration creations, in February, 1942, he penned a cartoon about the progress of the Bataan campaign, shown here, one of over 400 which he drew. To paraphrase a famous Dr. Seuss ditty in Fil-Am Bataan lingo, “I do not like this invader cat’s plan, I do not like him Uncle Sam-I-am!”
The knots on the tail of the cartoon tiger may be representative of the successful Fil-Am movement to Bataan in late December, 1941, and of such clashes as the battles on the Abucay Line, the Points, and the Pockets. Even though Imperial Japan eventually won the campaign, it only did so at great cost in men, materiel and time, as well as the face they lost as compared to the other successful efforts of Japanese forces in those early months of the war.
Had Dr. Seuss drawn an update of the cartoon figure in April of 1942, it would likely have had even more knots, perhaps a loss of weight reflecting the sickness and disease on the peninsula, and a lot of scratches.
And to think if the Fil-Am forces on Bataan had been properly provisioned, let alone fully equipped, Dr. Seuss would surely have needed to draw a new cat!
“Dr. Seuss,” Wikipedia article, at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Seuss
Bataan cartoon, World War 2 is Not Boring, site at: http://worldwar2isnotboring.tumblr.com/
“Dr. Seuss went to War,” at: http://library.ucsd.edu/speccoll/dswenttowar/index.html
Dr. Seuss & WWII – Analyzing Political Cartoons, National World War II Museum lesson plan, at: http://www.nationalww2museum.org/learn/education/for-teachers/lesson-plans/pdfs/dr-seuss-lesson-plan.pdf
Photo of Dr. Seuss in uniform, at: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/510595676476600314/