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memphis_belle

Hi guys!

I would like to share some of our latest photos. There are six of us gals at the moment and we do Army Nurse Corps impressions (World War II period). The historical association (it's called "V for Victory" :) ) to which we belong is located in Poland and it deals with American history and culture of the 1940s in general. We have male section as well which portrays the 9th Infantry Division. But this topic is supposed to be about women, and not men :)

 

Our display last weekend - during the "Military Zone" event in Gostyn, Poland :

 

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Photo: Mateusz Orzechowski

 

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Photo: Mateusz Orzechowski

 

 

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Photo: Mateusz Orzechowski

 

 

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Photo: Mateusz Orzechowski

 

 

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Photo: Mateusz Orzechowski

 

 

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Photo: Mateusz Orzechowski

 

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memphis_belle

Photos taken during a short session in collaboration with Die Freiwilligen LHG representing American nurses in the POW camp in Czechoslovakia, 1945:

 

 

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Photo: Jolanta Machelska

 

So here it is :) Hope you'll find them interesting. You can also follow us on Facebook - Army Nurse Corps

Also check out this page for more reenactment photos - Reenacting Photography

 

 

 

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The first photos look like they came right out of the LIFE magazines. :)

Well done!

 

Erwin

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HolyHappiness

Showed these to my wife (she's is starting to get into the hobby), this got her even more motivated to participate. THANKS FOR SHARING!

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These are great photos and very well done. I also have to ask. Where did you get all of the gear?

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memphis_belle

Big thanks to all of you for compliments!

 

Where'd you get all the female gear?

 

 

These are great photos and very well done. I also have to ask. Where did you get all of the gear?

 

 

eBay mainly :)

but also sofmilitary.co.uk and paratrooper.fr for replicas

 

 

 

Here are some more photos of us:

 

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(Yes, there should be a "N" pinned to caduceus but somehow...we've lost it during the event)

 

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"We're...erm..four jerks in a Jeep"

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HolyHappiness

Awesome! I've got to start digging some stuff up for my wife!

THANKS!

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Pretty ladies but they also have the "don't mess with me" attitude.

Thanks for the photos, you are one of the better groups I have seen over the years.

 

Erwin

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ColdWarRules

Know what is ironic? In my town (a large Polish population) on the day Poland was invaded they do a little thing for the Polish vets and some dress up and some bring out some stuff they would of used/used. Plus word on the street is they might to a Polish airborne jump! And in Poland you guys reenact U.S soldiers. Irony at its finest.

 

- Nick

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Do not feel surprised. On the Eve of WWII there were 3.4 million of the Polish-born US citizens. Many times we laughed here how big was a number of the Kowalski-surnamed GIs during WWII. Today the Polish living history associations portraying WWII era US Army many times declare that they act as a tribute to the Polish Americans of that era as well.

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memphis_belle

Do not feel surprised. On the Eve of WWII there were 3.4 million of the Polish-born US citizens. Many times we laughed here how big was a number of the Kowalski-surnamed GIs during WWII. Today the Polish living history associations portraying WWII era US Army many times declare that they act as a tribute to the Polish Americans of that era as well.

 

You're right Gregory. Let's take the well known Army Nurse Lt. Frances Y. Slanger as an example. She's famous for her letter inspired by the young men she and the other nurses cared for during their time overseas. The letter was to be published in the Stars and Stripes newspaper. Hours after writing this letter and posting it to the newspaper, Frances’ camp was attacked. Frances Slanger was killed by an enemy shell that exploded near her tent. She was the first American nurse to die in Europe. Her obituary was published in the Stars and Stripes just two weeks after her article honoring the young soldiers and their courage and spirit.

Frances was born in Lodz, Poland in 1913, but in 1920 she and her family immigrated to the United States to escape the persecution of Jews.

 

And she was just one woman among many others with Polish roots. I encountered numerous Polish sounding last names while browsing the photographs of Army Nurses in World War II.

 

Another reason is that we find American history interesting. Why limit oneself to Polish history only? I think I know it well enough to research other things. Plus, it's not like American Army Nurses have nothing in common with the history of Poland, for example here:

 

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Army Nurse Capt. Laura Clark in a camp for Polish Displaced persons in Bensheim, Germany, 1945. Located approximately thirty miles from Frankfurt, Bensheim DP camp was part of the Frankfurt district of the American zone of occupation in Germany.

 

Personally, I find the history of ANC really interesting and inspiring as Nurses too are part of "The Gratest Generation". Most of them were in their early 20s when the United States joined the war and still they volunteered for overseas duty. These women were ready to serve in foreign countries, on foreign continents far away from their families. Tents were their new homes and only one canteen of water per day had to be enough. Out there, women faced unknown places, unknown dangers, extreme physical discomfort and exhaustion. But they have stood it, because they were Army Nurses and that was their job.

Over two hundred nurses died while bravely serving.

 

They are my heroes and through living history, exhibitions, lectures, etc. I would like to keep their memory alive and educate people in Poland about their courage and sacrifice.

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Great photos! Very well done. My mother-in-law was an Army nurse in the ETO. Spent many happy hours going to their reunions ( 107th EVAC Hospital )- sadly most are gone now. Starting to do a web page based on nurse accounts in their unit ( 107thevachospital.com ) still needs lots of work and have to put up some of their pictures

 

Frank

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Just adding my dwa grosze (heh, two cents ;) ) to what memphis_belle wrote - check out this article: http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/marine-veteran-honored-for-serving-two-countries-in-world-war-ii-pq7a41p-175162231.html?fb_action_ids=468371709923008&fb_action_types=og.recommends&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%7B%22468371709923008%22%3A380131415395939%7D&action_type_map=%7B%22468371709923008%22%3A%22og.recommends%22%7D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D

 

I've spoken with Matt Gorski already, his Father's story will be describe on our reenacting group web site in Veterans Corner Section. We'll make him famous in Poland :)

 

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  • 2 weeks later...

Thanks for keeping the memories alive! My aunt was a WAC during WW2 but she never did get overseas and sadly, she did not keep any of her stuff.

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Excellent Emi! We really do need to meet up next season to combine a display, will you be in Normandy next June?.......imagine what we could do if we got our girls, valentines from France and yours? It could be a huge display.

 

kind regards

 

Lisa

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SWEETY!!!!!!!

 

Well done! Reenacting very well made! I love mostly the pics with SS POWs behind the barbwire! Perfect! Almost a period photo!

 

My compliments!

 

Tiger

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