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Was it like this one from WWI?tonyh wrote:For me its a pic of two soldiers. One German and one British talking and passing a cigarette between them. It was taken in Dunkirk in '44 during a German called truce to allow French civilians to evacuate the battle area. It clearly demolishes all the stupid wartime and post-wartime propaganda of the German soldier in one sweep.
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As you get older, the memory goes and plays tricks on you.
But even if it is the same picture and not from the war itself, I am still impacted it. Strong stuff!!!
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Homer martin wrote:The flag raising on Iwo Jima.
The one picture of the war that says Victory.
http://www.walkerboyz.pwp.blueyonder.co ... wojima.jpg
I seem to recall that this was a posed pic ?
Even so it certainly is a symbolic picture.
I always felt sorry for the guy on the left :"what did you do in the war grandad?" "I couldn't reach the flag at Iwo Jima"
Were these men's identities recorded anywhere?
Did they all survive the war?
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From left to right front roll:
Ira Hayes, Frankin Sousley (kia), John Bradley (wia), Harlon Block (kia)
Mike Strank (kia), Rene Gagnon
Most of these men where from E company, all where from the 2nd Battalion 28th Marines.
The 2nd Battalion of the 28th Marines landed on Iwo Jima on D-Day with 1400 men; 288 replacements were provided as the battle when on, a total of 1688. Of these 1511 had been killed or wounded. Only 177 lefted the Island after the battle of these 91 had been wounded at least once and retruned to the battle.
John Bradley medic, won the Silver Star.
There should be a movie made on E company. I have read 12 books on Iwo and no statement says it better than "Uncommon valor was a common virtue."
There is a great book on this subject:
Flag of Our Fathers
by James Bradley
The author is the son of John Bradley
The back of the 45mm has a boy name sue on it?
This picture wasn't posed its the second to last photo on the roll of film that Joe Rosenthal shot that day, the last photo on the roll was posed its called the Gung Ho shot. When Joe was asked by wire if he posed the shot he said yes thinking they where talking about the Gung Ho shot, this was four days after he had taken the photo of the flag raising. He had not seen the photo of the flag raising and thought it may have been blured when he took it, and thought the wire was talking about the good Gung Ho shot he took that day. It wasn't till after almost seven more days he found out he took the best photo of the war, and told everyone the photo wasn't posed.
There is one other photo and one film of the flag raising on Iwo and both set the record straight. The other photo is taken from another angle showing the first flag coming down as the second flag is raised. The film shows the action from the time the poll is set down to tie the flag on till it is raised over Iwo, never in the action is a shot posed.
I hope this helps and can someone please post the gung ho shot and the flag raising shot for everyone to see.
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