A Look Back at World Wars I & II
Index of Photographs Obtained from the National Archives
Signal Corps and War Department Collections

“To 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


A soldier of the 71st Regiment Infantry, New York National Guard, saying good bye to his sweetheart as his regiment leaves for Camp Wadsworth, Spartanburg, South Carolina, where the New York Division trained for service.

Private T. P. Loughlin of the 69th Regiment, New York National Guard, (165th Infantry) bidding his family farewell.

On to France - Good bye Girlie

Summer 1918

Chateau Thierry, France - 1918

Machine 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

U.S. Troops at Hill 204, Belleau Woods, France

U.S. Troops at Hill 204, Belleau Woods

Fall 1918

42nd Division, St. Mihiel, Essey, France

Lieutenant 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.
Photographer 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, MD

Soldiers mustered out at Camp Dix, 1918

"Soldiers 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)


Colonel Donovan and staff of 165th Infantry, passing under the Victory Arch, New York City, 1919. (War Department).

World War II

Summer 1944

Soldiers 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)

Spring 1945

Qeen Mary in New York Harbor, 6/20/45

British liner, QUEEN MARY, arrives in New York Harbor,
June 20, 1945, with thousands of U.S. troops from European battles.


Rainbow Reunion and 50th Anniversary Tour of Europe

Ourcq River and Meurcy Farm World War I Battlefield Tour

1946 Army Recruiting Service Advertisement

A People at War (Pictures of World War II) - National Archives and Records Administration

Northwest University Library World War II Resources

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