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Kilroy Was There: A GI's War in Photographs


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September 2004

Beschreibung

Beschreibung

"In 1941 Frank Kessler, a young accountant in Canton, Ohio, was drafted, assigned to an Army Signal Corps unit, and went away to photograph the war in Europe. In 1945, home again with his wife and children, he stored hundreds of those images of blood and battle in his attic. There they stayed until after his death. "Then Lee Kessler, Frank's estranged younger brother, sorted through boxes seeking to better know a brother he'd never known very well. A flier who had been shot down and held in a German POW camp, Lee saw Frank's photographs as images of a different side of war, one he never experienced. He was moved by what he saw and recognized their importance, He preserved them for all of us, carefully ordering them into albums and typing the information Frank had written on the backs of the photos. "When I saw Frank Kessler's photographs I was struck by how different they were from the movie-camera views I see on television. No public relations pictures here, intended to glorify battle and rally support. These were up-close snapshots of the dirty, damp, and disheveled men in the rifle companies and tank units. It was the war as they endured it, as they struggled through it from the beaches of France to the streets of Berlin until they finally won it.

Portrait

Tony Hillerman is a WWII combat veteran, serving as a mortar gunner in the weapons platoon of C Company, 410th Infantry. He was awarded a unit citation Bronze Star, a Bronze Star with laurel, a Silver Star for combat, and a Purple Heart. Photographer Francis W. Kessler (1915-1990), a Canton, Ohio native, served with the 1st Army Signal Corps on the Western Front.

EAN: 9780873388078
ISBN: 0873388070
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: KENT STATE UNIV PR
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2004
Seitenanzahl: 79 Seiten
Übersetzer/Sprecher: Fotos von Frank Kessler
Format: gebunden
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