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From war to peace in 1945 Germany : a GI's experience / Malcolm L. Fleming ; foreword by James H. Madison.

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Jackson Co PL - Seymour Main Library 940.5314 FLEMING (Text) 37500004367310 Nonfiction Checked out 05/01/2018

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  • ISBN: 9780253019561 (cloth : alkaline paper)
  • Physical Description: xiii, 180 pages : illustrations ; 27 x 27 cm
  • Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [2016]

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Foreword by James H. Madison -- Introduction -- PART I. THE WAR : A CHRONOLOGICAL STORY. Battle for Remagen Bridge across the Rhine River -- Fast evacuation of wounded : an experiment -- Continued fighting -- On leave in Paris for training -- Advance through the Hartz Mountains -- Civilians during the war -- Russians in East Germany Part I : linkup at the Elbe River -- Russians in East Germany Part II : Russians occupy the land -- Gardelegen atrocity -- PART II. THE PEACE : A TOPICAL STORY OF MILITARY OCCUPATION. Rules of the occupying US Army -- Wartime destruction -- People on the move following victory in Eeurope, May 7 -- Displaced persons, or DPs : a nice name for slave labor -- German village and country life -- Reminders of the past -- Relations between US soldiers and German civilians -- Where are the German PWs? -- Entertainment and rest -- Going home -- Afterword by Bradley D. Cook.
Summary, etc.:
"As an Official Army Photographer, "Mac" Fleming's assignment was to take motion pictures of significant wartime events for the U.S. Army. In the first-aid kit on his belt, he also carried a small personal camera, which he used to take pictures of the people and places that interested him, capturing in his field notes details of the life he observed. From these records, Fleming has assembled this absorbing private chronicle of war and peace. Assigned to the European Theater in February 1945, he filmed the action from the battle for the Remagen Bridge across the Rhine, to the fighting in the Hartz Mountains, on to the linkup with the Russian forces at the Elbe River. After the armistice, Fleming helped document how the Allied Expeditionary Force established a military government in Germany to cope with masses of POWs, establish control of the country, deal with the atrocities committed by the German army, and help thousands of newly released slave laborers return home to Poland, France, and Russia. He also recorded how the army provided rest, recreation, and rehabilitation to the remaining U.S. soldiers and sent them home by truck, train, and ship. Awaiting shipment home, Fleming explored postwar German town and country life and toured some famous castles and historic spots. The foreword by historian James H. Madison describes the important role of photography in war and the special contribution of Fleming's photographic diary"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Fleming, Malcolm L.
World War, 1939-1945 > Photography.
World War, 1939-1945 > Campaigns > Germany.
World War, 1939-1945 > Personal narratives, American.
United States. Army > Biography.
War photographers > United States > Biography.
Cinematographers > United States > Biography.
War photography > United States.
Military cinematography > United States.
Reconstruction (1939-1951) > Germany.
Germany > Social conditions > 1945-1955.

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