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A look at some of the daily experiences of the GI's during World War 2. Some views show spiritual scenes of GI's at prayer, others show the repugnance of war. Liberation, humor, freedom, rewards, degradation, and conquest are  the characteristics of these images .

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In 1944, the Allies, including the 3rd Infantry Division, had just defeated the Germans at the Anzio beachhead in Italy and were resting for the next push toward Rome. During the lull in the fighting in that sector, the 3rd Division offered Passover services. Bill said it was the the strangest Passover he could remember. They couldn't hear the crunching of the Matzo over the gunfire from the fierce fighting at Cisterna to the east, but the service went on.

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Bill Mauldin Cartoon, be patient it's coming.
"...forever, Amen.
Hit the dirt."
Anzio 1944
Another  Classic Cartoon
© Bill Mauldin


Early morning of June 5, 1944, day of liberation of Rome. Crowds gathering, awaiting the Allies. The Roman Coliseum is in the background. It was not damaged during World War II, it just looks that way.

Not so rapid transit. This is not how they turn the cable cars in San Francisco.

T/Sgt. Joe Hodgins of the 3rd Division named as
 Man of the Year by Yank Magazine

Citizens of Besancan, France raising the Stars & Stripes

Mauldin Cartoon-Putting mount out of it's misery
Sometimes you had to put your trusty mount out of it's misery.
A famous Bill Mauldin cartoon, circa 1945.

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© 1944 United Feature Syndicate, Inc.

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