Photo Album[World War II] Photo Album of W.W.II American Red Cross Volunteer Depicts D-Day, Battle of the Bulge, and the Allied Push through Germany. Photos detail major W.W.II events from the Normandy Beach landing following D-Day to the fall & defeat of Nazi Germany and postwar return to the United States. Large 14.5" X 12.5" photo album containing over 550 photographs spanning from 1927-1945. Majority of photos are 3.5" X 2.5" and 2" X 2.3" affixed on paper pages. Album is extensively captioned with dates and placenames.
This photo album chronicles some of the most significant events in WWII as they unfolded through the lens of Red Cross workers in the front lines, from Normandy Beach, the Battle of the Bulge, and the final push into German territory. These photographs detail the landscapes, soldiers, civilians, Red Cross field hospitals, military equipment including vehicles, and the subsequent wreckage from WWII. The album additionally recounts the early life of the album creator beginning in Tonganoxie, Kansas, to their relocation to Southern California in the late 1930's before the onset of WWII. Notable photographs include those of Winston Churchill, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and the aftermath of significant events/battles of WWII. These troops spent time with the 3rd Battalion 329th Infantry, with one photo showing them posing in front of a command post displaying its commander's name as Major George C. White. Some of the subjects in this photo album include photographs taken in the Salisbury Plains of Eisenhower and Churchill May 1944 while Allied preparations for D-Day were being finalized as well as photographs from Normandy Beach on June 11th, just days after the D-Day landing of Allied forces - these photos include LST-350 (Tank Landing Ship) on Normandy Beach offloading tanks, Landing Craft Infantry Large LCI(L) type 351 “US 498” boats, and a photograph within a Normandy village of a cottage displaying a large banner reading "long live America the French are thankful" & "long live liberty to the American soldiers."
As the timeline continues through the album, more photos document Anti-Air gunfire taking place in Holland 1944, the USO (United Service Organizations) performing on a stage for large groups of soldiers, and photographs of destroyed German tanks as well as piles of unidentified soldiers' corpses. The album goes on to follow the footsteps of the Red Cross following the Allies' push into Germany, December 1944; photographs document the rubble of bombed out villages in Aachen, subjects include pictures of snowy plains littered with destroyed tanks rows of graves with makeshift markers, and wreckage of German tanks & bomb shell casings. The album continues then to document the Red Cross following the wake of the Battle of the Bulge, where nearly 90,000 American troops perished in the effort to resist the last major offensive of Nazi Germany in the Western Front. The photographs move on to the Maginot Line in Northern Germany, characterized by its cement anti-tank barricades, bunkers, and other concrete fortifications. The album next documents the Red Cross' movement through Bavaria in July & August 1945 following the Allies' victory over Nazi Germany; pictures include a soldier using a minesweeper, destroyed German fighter planes, a destroyed building displaying a largely painted "HEIL HITLER!" across the front, and various European buildings & architecture. The Red Cross volunteers then returned to Paris after the German surrender, and are seen taking in the historic landmarks in the liberated city. The album concludes by documenting the large exodus of troops departing from Marseilles on their way back to the States, where they were received at Newport News, Virginia. Faux-leather grain covers. Front cover has minor chipping and on fore-edge and spine, back cover has minor staining. Interior clean with all photos intact. In very good condition overall.