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World War II photographs and postcards

Identifier: MSS-15862

Scope and Contents

The collection of photographs and postcards consists of 300 items, one document box, twenty one envelopes, and one cubic foot of chiefly World War II era photographs, both amateur and professional. Approximately one half of the photographs are unidentified. The photographs that are identified are mostly related to the 3rd Platoon, Company C, 256th Engineer Combat Battalion. Members of the platoon who are identified on photographs are: (1st Squad) Leonard Brophy, William A. Fretz, Walter M. Tierney, Sr., James R. Ussery, George J. Weiland, and, (Headquarters) Charles S. Kapanski.

Identified European places include Normandy; St. Lô; Wasselnheim; Olympic Stadium, Berlin; Frankfurt; Passionstheater, Oberammergau; Munich; ruins of the Berghof at Obersalzberg; Salach; Würzburg; and Salzburg.

Scenes identified are destroyed bridges on an Autobahn; airplanes, including a jet, hidden in trees along an Autobahn; Bailey bridges across the Saar and the Danube; Brenner Pass; Kitzbüheler Alps; and the Main River.

Of interest is a photograph of a ruined house with the caption "German girl raped here, were lined up for observance. No one found guilty." (Folder 8-10)


  • Creation: 1932-1945

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions


1.0 Cubic Feet (21 envelopes of small photographs and postcards)

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Photographs are arranged by location in acid free folders

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was a gift of Aidette Charley to the Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia on February 8, 2010.

World War II photographs and post cards
Ellen Welch
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Repository Details

Part of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library Repository

Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
P.O. Box 400110
University of Virginia
Charlottesville Virginia 22904-4110 United States