Vintage Snapshots: World War II Soldiers Showering or Bathing

Between battles soldiers were able to bathe in makeshift showers and in rivers, lakes and streams.

These personal snapshots of World War II soldiers bathing and swimming are a record of the unselfconscious camaraderie between young men at war. Troops were encouraged by their superiors to form close “buddy” relationships, and these bonds were often cemented through horseplay.

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