From War to Peace in 1945 Germany

From War to Peace in 1945 Germany : A GI's Experience

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As an Official Army Photographer, "Mac" Fleming's assignment was to take motion pictures of significant wartime events for the US Army. In the pouch intended to carry his first-aid kit on his belt, he instead carried a small personal camera, which he used to take pictures of the people and places that interested him, capturing in his field notes details of the life he observed. From these records, Fleming has assembled this absorbing private chronicle of war and peace. Assigned to the European Theater in February 1945, he filmed the action from the battle for the Remagen Bridge across the Rhine, to the fighting in the Hartz Mountains, on to the linkup with the Russian forces at the Elbe River. After the armistice, Fleming helped document how the Allied Expeditionary Force established a military government in Germany to cope with masses of POWs, establish control of the country, deal with the atrocities committed by the German army, and help thousands of newly released slave laborers return home to Poland, France, and Russia. He also recorded how the army provided rest, recreation, and rehabilitation to the remaining US soldiers and sent them home by truck, train, and ship. Awaiting shipment home, Fleming explored postwar German town and country life and toured some famous castles and historic spots. The foreword by historian James H. Madison describes the important role of photography in war and the special contribution of Fleming's photographic more

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  • Hardback | 200 pages
  • 254 x 254 x 17.78mm | 1,098g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 132 b&w illus.
  • 0253019567
  • 9780253019561

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Anyone interested in the history of combat photography and the Second World War will be thankful that Fleming's work has been preserved for future generations. * Indiana Magazine of History * Most vividly . . . capture[s] ordinary people caught in the midst of war . . . Anyone interested in the history of combat photography and the Second World War will be thankful that Fleming's work has been preserved for future generations.INDIANA MAGAZINE OF HISTORY June 2016 * INDIANA MAGAZINE OF HISTORY * Malcolm Fleming's recently published book of World War II-related photographs represents a refreshing change to their normal relegation as book inserts. Indeed, his photo collection is elegant in its simplicity and conciseness; Fleming lets his pictures do the talking in this handsome new volume. * H-War *show more

About Malcolm L. Fleming

Malcolm L. Fleming is Professor Emeritus of Education at Indiana University. A professional photographer for over 80 years, he was an Official Army Photographer in the U.S. Army Signal Corps from 1942-1945.James H. Madison is the Thomas and Kathryn Miller Professor Emeritus of History, Indiana University Bloomington, and the author of Hoosiers: A New History of Indiana (IUP, 2014) and Slinging Doughnuts for the Boys: An American Woman in World War II (IUP, 2007).show more

Table of contents

Foreword by James H. MadisonIntroduction by Malcolm L. FlemingPart I. The War: A Chronological Story1. Battle for Remagen Bridge across the Rhine River2. Fast Evacuation of Wounded-An Experiment3. Continued Fighting4. On Leave in Paris for Training5. Advance Through the Hartz Mountains6. Civilians During the War7. Russians in East Germany Part I8. Russians in East Germany Part II9. Gardelegen AtrocityPart II. The Peace: Peacetime Occupation as I Saw It10. Rules of the Occupying U.S. Army11. Wartime Destruction12. People on the Move Following Victory in Europe May 713. Displaced Persons or DP's-A Nice Name for Slave Labor14. German Village & Country Life15. Reminders of the Past16. Relations Between U.S. Soldiers and German Civilians17. Where Are the German PW's?18. Entertainment & Rest19. Going HomeAfterword by Bradley D. Cookshow more

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