CMH Pub 70-86-1, Paper
2004; 100 pages, illustrations
Not Available through GPO sales.
Soldiers' Art From the 91st Infantry Division in Italy, 1944-1945, a rare collection of unsigned sketches and paintings by anonymous draftees and volunteers in the Regular Army, National Guard, and Army Reserve, serves as a window into the world of those who fought to liberate the Italians from Fascism and Nazi occupation. Hidden for decades and rediscovered in the 1990s in the files of the Army Reserve 91st Division (Training Support), this fortuitously preserved collection powerfully captures the destruction, pathos, courage, and sacrifice of the hard fighting in Italy. Clifford F. Porter's narrative places the images from the 91st Division sector in the proper context, thereby resuscitating the 91st's proud history and heritage, and gives visibility to those who had the strength to express what was on their minds and in their hearts. Every new generation of Americans will benefit from reading Porter's fine work.