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African American US Army soldiers T/5 William E. Thomas and Private First Class Joseph Jackson marking artillery shells as Easter presents for Adolf Hitler, 10 Mar 1945

Caption   African American US Army soldiers T/5 William E. Thomas and Private First Class Joseph Jackson marking artillery shells as Easter presents for Adolf Hitler, 10 Mar 1945 ww2dbase
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Source    ww2dbaseUnited States National Archives
Identification Code   111-SC-202330
Photos on Same Day See all photos dated 10 Mar 1945
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 29 Sep 2007

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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. David Arnett says:
5 Mar 2012 07:02:53 AM

Wonderful photo, but something has me puzzled. Most every instance I find online of this photo dates it as March 10, 1945, and carries a description naming the two GIs and often the photographer as you do here. Most label it as being Easter morning. Problem is that Easter in 1945 fell on April 1, not March 10. Could the date be wrong? Or was the photo staged three weeks early? One online source I found says that this was originally a propaganda picture released in the hopes of recruiting more African-American soldiers to join the 92nd infantry. If so, it could have been taken anywhere, even stateside. Can anyone help me shed better light on this?

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