World War II Personal Photograph Album

World War II Personal Photograph Album

$ 475.00 USD

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n.p.: n.p., (ca. 1944). Approximately 13 1/2 x 10 1/4", oblong. Commercial black pebbled leather screw-post binder with general wear to covers, top cover with gilt lettering, 35 leaves of black construction paper with 132 black and white photographs, some 2" x 2", most larger, three blank leaves at rear, captioning to approximate 27% of the images, some photos show yellowing and fading but most are quite clear; very good + condition.

133rd Infantry 34th Division: The 34th Infantry Division (called the Red Bulls) was the first U.S. division deployed to Europe in World War II as it was deemed one of the most service-ready units. It included troops mostly from North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. After fighting in French Algeria and Tunisia, the 34th assisted in the Allied invasion of Italy, called Operation Avalanche. They landed in Salerno, took Benevento, assaulted Monte Patano, and persevered through intense fighting along the Mignano Gap, using goat herds to clear the minefield. They were nearly successful in Monte Cassino in January, 1944 at a cost of approximately 80% in the infantry battalions.

This photo album is of the communications platoon within the 34th division. There are photos of German prisoners and both German and American wounded, along with some coffins being made in Italy. There are working pictures of soldiers: looking at maps, using communications equipment, peeps (later called a Jeep), German radio gear, ambushed peep, rifles/guns/mines, cooking, shaving, playing cards, meeting locals. Pictures of local areas include Pompei, Rome, Florence, Cassino, Futa Pass, Anzio, and St. Angelo D’Alife (where a member of the platoon lost his life). Misc. pictures of interest include: a pile of ammunition with a local dog sitting on top, vapor trails of flying fort bombers, and a soldier holding an official ballot for Kalamazoo County for the presidential election of 1944.

Includes 1940s World War II Honorable Discharge insignia patch on front paste-down endpaper.