The 82nd Airborne Division and Fort Bragg, NC: 1945-1948 Negative Collection

From the vaults of PortraitsofWar comes an amazing archive of images taken by an enlisted paratrooper with the 325th Glider Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division.  The collection is comprised of roughly 225 images taken between 1945 and 1948 with a small portion of wartime material compared to the postwar activities of the 82nd.  Included in the collection are a grouping of shots of the 555th PIR “triple nickles” as well as airborne drops, life around camp, tank maneuvers, and paratrooper horseplay.  Please enjoy and don’t hesitate to contact me with any requests.

Rare Color Transparency

Airborne Drop

Jeep and Glider

Our Photographer

WACO Glider Landing

Bazooka Girl

758th Tank Battalion

Division Cartoonist

Fort Bragg PX

555th Vs. 325th Boxing

Kissing Booth

Fayetteville Lions Club

Awesome WWII Catholic Chaplain Jeep – Negative/Photo – Willys Jeep in Germany 1945

Guys like this make me proud to be Irish Catholic!  I have hundreds of negatives from this 9th Armored Division collection, many of them related to Chaplain services during WWII.  The collection includes 20-30 shots of this same jeep – gotta’ love the name!  Ave Maria.

See the bar projecting above the front of the hood?  It was created to cut wires that may have been strung across French and German roads in order to decapitate US soldiers.  Ouch!