- Uvez: Tvrdi uvez
- Broj stranica: 320
- Format: 27.7*24.2
- ISBN: 9783836547963
- Godina izdanja: 2014.
- Izdanje: -
Young World War II allied soldiers laid bare
Every harrowing day for a serviceman during World War II was
potentially his last. To help bolster troops against the horrors of
combat, commanders encouraged them to form tight “buddy” relationships
for emotional support. Many war buddies, together every moment, and
depending on each other to survive, formed intimate friendships. When
they weren’t fighting side by side, they relaxed together, discharging
tension in boisterous—sometimes naked—play. The full extent of nude
horseplay among men during World War II can’t be known, as cameras were
rare and film hard to process, but some men did document this
unprecedented male bonding in small, anonymous photos mostly kept hidden
away until their deaths.
Los Angeles photographer Michael Stokes has spent years searching out these photos and building an archive of over 500 images. His collection includes soldiers
and sailors from Australia, England, France, Italy, Poland, Russia, and
the USA, cavorting on the sand in the South Pacific, shivering in the
snow of Eastern Europe, posing solo in the barracks, and in great happy
groups just about everywhere. These images show men barely out
of boyhood, at their physical peak, responding to the reality of battle
by living each day to the fullest—a side of the war never before made
The introduction is by Scotty Bowers, an 89-year-old ex-Marine and author of Full Service,
the best-selling memoir of his sexual exploits in Hollywood, and how
the war forever altered his attitudes about gay and straight, just as
these photos may alter our attitudes about World War II and war buddies.
Dian Hanson produced a variety of men’s magazines from 1976 to 2001, including Juggs, Outlaw Biker and Leg Show, before becoming TASCHEN’s Sexy Book editor. Her 60+ books for TASCHEN include The Art of Pin-up and Psychedelic Sex. She lives in Los Angeles.