Blog Post: See World War II through the lens of an African American soldier

Grade Range: 8-12
Resource Type(s): Reference Materials
Date Posted: 9/4/2020

“In March 1943, Paul Bland was drafted into the military at the age of 19. He had experience in trucking and so was trained as an ambulance driver for the Army. He was then deployed to Europe in February of the following year to fight in World War II. Private First Class Paul Bland served in the 590th Ambulance Company in various locations overseas, removing the injured from the line of battle to evacuation points in the rear. During his year and a half abroad, Bland captured his experiences, both good and bad, through the lens of his camera. His photo album, which was recently donated to the museum, displays these photographs of his military travels through Europe and are accompanied by handwritten captions by Bland.”

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