A Look Back at World Wars I & II
Index of Photographs Obtained from the National Archives
Signal Corps and War Department Collections
Us Old Men - History is always written from the viewpoints of the
leaders. And increasingly, in our age, war leaders do not get shot
at with any serious consistency. Leaders make momentous, world-encompassing,
historical decisions. It is your average anonymous soldier, or pilot,
or naval gunnery rating who has to carry them out on the ground.
Where there is often a vast difference between grandiose logic and
plans and what takes place on the terrain. What it is that makes
a man go out into dangerous places and get himself shot at with
increasing consistency until finally he dies, is an interesting
subject for speculation. And an interesting study. One might entitle
it, THE EVOLUTION OF A SOLDIER. - James Jones, WWII: A Chronicle
of Soldiering (Grosset & Dunlap Publishers, New York, 1975).
World War I
to France - Good bye Girlie
gun set up in railroad shop. Company A, Ninth Machine Gun Battalion.
Chateau Thierry, France. War Department, Office of the Chief Signal
Officer. Photographer Private J. E. Gibbon - 06/07/1918
Troops at Hill 204, Belleau Woods
Colonel R. D. Garrett, chief signal officer, 42nd Division, testing
a telephone left behind by the Germans in the hasty retreat from the
salient of St. Mihiel. Essey, France.
Corporal R. H. Ingleston - 09/19/1918
Office of the Chief Signal Officer
War Department, Still Picture Branch
National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park,
being mustered out at Camp Dix, New Jersey" By Underwood and Underwood,
1918 National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the War
Department General and Special Staffs (165-WW-139C-3)
Donovan and staff of 165th Infantry, passing under the Victory Arch,
New York City, 1919. (War Department).
World War II
of the 4th U.S. Infantry Division look at the Eiffel Tower in Paris,
after the French capital had been liberated on August 25, 1944. Photographer
John Downey - 08/25/44. (Office of War Information)
British liner, QUEEN MARY, arrives in New York Harbor,
June 20, 1945, with thousands of U.S. troops from European battles.
Reunion and 50th Anniversary Tour of Europe
River and Meurcy Farm World War I Battlefield Tour
Army Recruiting Service Advertisement
People at War (Pictures of World War II) - National Archives and Records
University Library World War II Resources
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