A book released by the German publisher Taschen shows rare images of naked soldiers having fun during World War II. At a time when cameras were rare, images from “My Buddy. World War II Laid Bare ” are historical documents of the soldiers’ intimacy in hours of relaxation.
Over the years, photographer Michael Stokes of Los Angeles has collected these anonymous photographs at auctions, from other collectors and on eBay, accumulating a collection of more than 500 photographs. An impressive archive that reveals human moments of young people who were sent to war.
His collection includes soldiers and sailors from Australia, England, France, Italy, Poland, Russia, and the USA, cavorting on the sand in the South Pacific, shivering in the snow of Eastern Europe, posing solo in the barracks, and in great happy groups just about everywhere.
Without any homoerotic connotation, just showing records of the soldiers’ relaxed moments, the collection brings together photos of naked soles photographed in barracks and jungles. The images show moments of relaxation among young people who faced the horror of World War II and reveals the friendship made right on the front.
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