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Group portrait of German POWs, Bou Hanifia, Algeria.

German POWs at the 21st General Hospital in Bou Hanifia, Algeria. The POWs are identified in a handwritten label on the back of the photograph. From left to right: Walter Kohnlein, Otto Fricke, Dietrich von Goessnitz, and Arnold Leetz. The unit used both American personnel and POWs to staff the POW section of the hospital. Kohnlein worked as a clerk. Frick and von Goessnitz were interpreters. Leetz served as the Sanitary Ward Master. The Grand Hotel is visible in the background.

Allied Military Currency, 5 Italian lire note.

Allied military currency, 5 Italian lira note. Series 1943. There were two issues of this series. The 1943 issue was in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 50, 100, 500, and 1000 lira. The 1943A issue was printed in response to counterfeiting and raising values on the 50 and 100 lira notes. The second issue was printed in 5, 10, 50, 100, 500, and 1000 lira denominations.

Place Francois Rude, Dijon, France.

Place Francois Rude in Dijon, France. Photograph taken in March 1945. Rude (1784-1855), a native of Dijon, was a French realist sculptor. His most important work is the heroic relief of the Departure of the Volunteers of 1792 ('The Marseillaise') on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris (1833-36).

Lester Jasper and Madame Gilberte in Ravenel, France.

Maj. Lester H. Jasper, DC, was Chief Oral Surgery Section and specialized in surgical repairs to the mouth and jaw. He would be awarded the Bronze Star for his service. Jasper almost missed being evacuated with the rest of the 21st at the end of the war, he was ill a few days before boarding the ship home and regulations required he stay at a hospital in France until he was well enough to travel. But the remaining medical staff of the 21st "smuggled" him aboard the S.S. Westminster Victory for transport home. He checked into sickbay and was diagnosed with “hepatitis with jaundice.” His trip home was one of extreme discomfort and he disembarked on a stretcher.

Group of unidentified soldiers posing in and around a bomb crater, Ravenel, France.

The 21st General Hospital staff was still settling into their facilities in Mirecourt, France, when on the evening of December 26, 1944, the hospital was attacked by German bombers. Even though the power plant immediately cut off the electricity, a bomb dropped close to the Central Heating Plant and several well-marked hospital buildings were strafed. The attack caused only a few minor injuries and little property damage. According to Col. Cady's history of the unit, 'In the clear moonlight, the darkened hospital was just about as visible to the low-flying planes as the incompletely blacked-out hospital was before.' The 21st completed the installation of black-out devices within a few days of the attack. Photograph was taken on December 27, 1944. Subjects are not identified.

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