Sunday, May 29, 2011

Two WW2 Press Photos On Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day was instituted after the Civil War as a means of recognizing the efforts and sacrifices of our fallen servicemen and women. So on this Memorial Day weekend we have two press photos that date from the Second World War as a means of remembrance of the men and machines from the greatest generation.

The drawing on the left is and interesting artist’s rendition of GIs using a creative seating arrangement on the MB used by the press. The two German POWs in 1944 couldn’t have had the most comfortable seats in the house but the versatile jeep proved again to be a useful battlefield tool. Though I do still wonder what happened to the windshield.

The photo on the right is from Attu Island, the furthermost island in the Alaskan Aleutian chain of islands and site of the only battle of WW2 that took place on territory incorporated into the United States. The photo as the caption states reminds GIs that Attu was closer to Tokyo than San Francisco and fancifully I’d imagine that this was their last chance for entertainment. You can click here to be taken to the full album of press release photos.

On this Memorial Day weekend I hope that you have it off from work and remember to take a moment to reflect upon the fallen men and women from the earliest conflicts to the modern day. Stop back in tomorrow for another special Memorial Day update.

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