U.S. Army Photo Album: Shooting the War in Color, 1941-45 USA to ETO

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A lost collection of hundreds of previously unreleased full color photos of American troops in the months before and after D-Day. The author is an acknowledged expert on the D Day landings and went on to write the seminal book "Spearheading D Day". The book is published in full color and is a hardcover with a printed laminated cover illustrated as you can see to the right. There is no dust jacket with this book.

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Format:Hardcover The author has made a specialty of winkling out color photography taken during WW II. The modern 35mm camera had just been introduced in the late 1930s and Kodacolor and Kodachrome were just being marketed in the U.S. But most professionals still used Speed Graphics and other large format plate film cameras which took only monochrome photos. As most magazines and all newspapers, except in their Sunday roto sections, used B & W pictures only, there was little incentive to take large amounts of color. As for the film of the day, it was quite slow compared with that of today, and required almost ideal sun conditions at mid-day to come out. For years those of us who researched in the Signal Corps archives knew there were color negatives available but it was easier to order B & W copies. In addition, much WW II color was taken by private individuals with personally owned 35mm cameras either captured from the enemy or smuggled overseas. Field conditions were such that color 35mm film processing was non existent for the individual not on official business. Considering the conditions under which they have been kept and the chemical instability of the film negatives, it is surprising how much good material actually has survived. The author is to be commended, first, for finding so much clear photography and,second, for having the detailed knowledge of clothing, arms, and equipment, to properly write identifying captions. This is one for the serious collector and historian, not for the shelf in the local public library. It will probably be stolen anyway. It's that tempting.

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