Two American soldiers in a foxhole during the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium, January 1945. By Tony Vaccaro.


Lots of additional wool that is warm lying around that hole......taken from fallen brothers possibly?? we'd imagine therefore. It had been no secret that the soldiers here weren't provided with appropriate winter clothing. ...



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  • Lots of extra warm wool coats lying around that hole......taken from fallen brothers perhaps??
  • I'd imagine so. It was no secret that the soldiers there weren't supplied with proper winter clothing.
  • That or from dead Germans, who were much better supplied.
  • One of the few times too we can say that with a straight face! The German greatcoats were generally much better than the American variants. They would've been the first thing these boys would be grabbing for, I imagine.
  • They don't look particularly sad?
  • ...and who said ANYTHING about them being sad. You got some TROLL issues, son.
  • I thought it was a legit question in counter to your own question in fairness. If we are to assume that those coats are from fallen comrades; then I suspect it would be crass of both the soldiers, and the photographer, to have smiling faces as the focal point. On the other hand, if they are overcoats from dead Germans, that puts a different spin on things. Or, as was suggested, they have just been resupplied and are simply chuffed.
  • I've looked at THOUSANDS of Military photographs. I've seen soldiers from ALL countries in the most horrific situations, circumstances smile for the camera. I can/ does happen.....including guys at The Bulge. Cameras were viewed differently in those days. And often times the photographer would tell the boys to smile for the WAR BOND BUYING public back at home. Can't sell too many bonds with sad pictures of dog faces all bummed out in the frozen foxhole. I'm not claiming to know what those 2 were feeling at the time but I find all the questioning of my comments as narrow minded as you don't seem to be able to think of anything but one situation and one situation only. Just downvote and move the fack on. I stand by my comment more now than I did before.
  • Really, THOUSANDS?
  • yes. Sorry your pea-brain can't conceive of the on-line photographic archives of each branch of service provided by the government. Also true of foreign governments ( ever hear of or been to The Imperial British War Museum?? I have....when they had a WW1 Photo exhibit). And then there's something called A H I S T O R Y B O O K. Most of them have photos. I'm gonna up my count to Tens Of Thousands.
  • It's just the Imperial War Museum London. Although there are more outside of London, so Imperial War Museums. But seriously, Tens Of Thousands?
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