At ease: Navy men of World War II

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Harry N. Abrams, Jun 1, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 160 pages
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In the years following World War II, images of comradeship, particularly of men being physically close, largely disappeared from the public record. But, as these stunning photographs attest, ordinary American men in the extraordinary circumstances of World War II were affectionate, winsome, and playful, disarmingly innocent in a time of cataclysmic peril.
Led by photography giant Captain Edward J. Steichen, the U.S. Naval Aviation Photographic Unit was organized during the war to record the daily experiences of Navy men all over the world and provide newspapers and magazines with images to promote the American cause. The unit's photographers, which included Wayne Miller, Horace Bristol, Victor Jorgensen, and Barrett Gallagher, took thousands of pictures of soldiers as they relaxed, trained, prepared for the next battle, and waited.
This book brings together more than 150 of those photographs, culled from the National Archives, including many that have never before been published. Whereas World War II imagery tends to be dominated by combat photography and monumental depictions of weaponry, these photographs offer a rare, intimate look at the Navy men themselves.

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Books such as The Greatest Generation have eloquently argued that the men and women who survived World War II played a crucial role in determining America's national culture; to some extent, Bachner ... Read full review


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Evan Bachner is a longtime collector of photographs and an photographic historian. He lives in New York City.

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