URL or book&page/location reference of artifact (if applicable): N/A
Title of artifact: Commendation on the Front
Date / date range: 1945
Geography: Germany, possibly around either Biblis or Braunschardt
Dimensions: 3.5 in. x 4.5 in.
Provenance/ownership: Dani Hurley, personal collector. Collected at an antique store in Purcell, Oklahoma.
Description and history: This artifact was created by a soldier nicknamed “Eddie”, who served between 1942-1945 and possibly into 1946. This is a part of the album of similar photos that he sent back home to his family and his love interest to show them how his experience in Europe went. While the first part of album contains photos from the 1930s, the second half is exclusively photos from 1945 that were mailed from the front because each photo has a stamp indicating the contents were cleared by the U.S. Government before delivery.
A Brief History of the U.S. Army in World War II.
The Final Push to Berlin
The U.S. Army in the Occupation of Germany 1944-1946 by Earl F. Ziemke
Authored by: Dani Hurley, University of Oklahoma. 2/5/2019.