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Episode #23: Combat Artists of WWII (Season 2, Episode 3)

Episode #23: Combat Artists of WWII (Season 2, Episode 3)

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In the winter of 1945, a World War II infantryman for the United States would be supplied with gear that was to be carried and trekked from location to location, regardless of weather, ailment, or occurrence. All of this gear alone could easily weigh a good 50 to 60 pounds. Add on a rifle or pistol, bullets and any appropriate add-ons needed to maintain, clean, and restock a weapon, and you are talking a serious load to haul around. To a handful of these men, however, it wasn’t their guns, their helmets, or their first aid kits that were the most significant pieces of equipment that they transported to the battlefield. No-  there was a more specialized tool of utter importance. As one soldier, Edward Reep, noted, quote, “I fought the war more furiously perhaps with my paintbrush than with my weapons.”

Today, we're discussing a group of dedicated and talented artists who threw themselves in the middle of war in order to capture the experience and create art about it.

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Want more art-historical goodness? Check out the links below:

PBS: They Drew Fire Documentary resources

Smithsonian: Edward Reep Biography Fire for Effect: The Price

El Paso Times: Coverage of Tom Lea exhibition  (2016)

Hektoen Journal: Peleliu as a Paradigm for PTSD: The Two-Thousand Yard Stare

Episode Credits

Production and Editing by Kaboonki Creative. Theme music by Alex Davis. Research assistance by Stephanie Pryor. Social media assistance by Emily Crockett. 

Music credits: "Lacrima D'esperide" by Damiano Baldoni is licensed under ; "Hope" by Borrtex is licensed under BY-NC 4.0; "Demonstrations (ID 526)" by Lobo Loco is licensed under BY-NC-NC 4.0; "Broken Photosynthesis" by Kyle Preston is licensed under BY-NC 4.0



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Episode #24: American Propaganda Posters of WWII (Season 2, Episode 4)

Episode #24: American Propaganda Posters of WWII (Season 2, Episode 4)

Episode #22: Hitler the (Failed) Artist (Season 2, Episode 2)

Episode #22: Hitler the (Failed) Artist (Season 2, Episode 2)