Item #19151 Photo Archive of W.W.II Era Black Soldiers. WWII Black Troops.

Photo Archive of W.W.II Era Black Soldiers

Photo Archive

Segregated black troops during WWII, many identified by the subject themselves. Circe 1940s: Locations include Camp Claiborne, Louisiana, and Camp Croft, South Carolina. Archive of 15 photos of Black troops in uniform in the 1940s, seven of which are inscribed by the soldiers on front or verso identifying the subjects. Photos range in size from 2.25" x 3.5" to 3.5" x 5.5". Archive consist of 15 black and white silver gelatin photos. Some photos taken in studios, some at camps, and one photo shows a soldier thrusting his bayonet. The photos are often inscribed to loved ones or give information such as the soldier's age and the year. One photo of Cpl. Walter Wheatley, who was a technician and wore sharpshooter's badges, has an April 1944 date stamp that resembles those used in press photos. Other photos are taken as early as September 1942, prior to the American entry into the war. Most, if not all of these black troops are in the Army and three of them have the technician rank, which was a new rank created in 1942 that replaced the "specialists". Technicians represented a wide variety of soldiers with specialized technical skills, including medics, radio operators and repairmen, mail clerks, mechanics, cooks, musicians, and tank drivers. These black soldiers would have belonged to segregated units, as the armed forces were still officially segregated in W.W.II, but the US military was on the precipice of a historic integration of its forces, beginning in 1948. Photos come in a variety of sizes and formats; two are real photo postcards and one is matted. In very good condition overall.

Item #19151

Price: $1,700.00