Between battles Soldiers were able to bathe in makeshift showers and in rivers, lakes and streams; to swim; catch a few rays, and just mess around like the kids they recently were. If someone had a camera they’d pose together, to remember their closeness.
These personal snapshots of World War II soldiers bathing and swimming are a record of the unselfconscious camaraderie between young men at war during a period when physical intimacy was less discouraged among straight men. Troops were encouraged by their superiors to form close “buddy” relationships, and these bonds were often cemented through horseplay.
|Two German soldiers at an outside washing trough|
|Early morning ablutions on the Front Line|
|Flak-gun crew at their morning ablutions|
|Four handsome German soldiers washing at a well|
|Two shirtless young German soldiers shaving outside their barrack room|
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