The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

As Memorial Day is this holiday weekend, I’d like to show my respect for the fallen soldiers and those who fight for my freedom everyday!

These photos were taken by my husband’s grandfather, Arnold Bryant, during his service in World War II. He was stationed in the United Kingdom. They depict the real lives of soldiers during the War. Some depict soldiers smiling and goofing off, while some depict the war damage which was very real for those who lived during that time.

Many of the photos were dated May 1945. Based on my research, this means he would have been part of the Eighth Air Force 36th Bombardment Squadron. The majority of the captions are his actual notes he wrote on the back of each picture.

Let us never forget those who came before us and those that bravely fight for us today…

Soldiers

Arnold only provided names on the backs of two of his photos and he didn’t talk much about the war with his family. I don’t know the majority of these men’s names and I don’t know if they lived or died. I don’t know if they made it home to their parents, siblings or wives. But, they were real, they fought and they lived. These men were all based in Cheddington, England.

If after reading this you realize that any of these men are your relatives, please email me @ savvyjourneyblog@gmail.com

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Arnold Bryant

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Soldiers, Arnold on left

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Soldiers, Arnold on left

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Soldiers

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Soldiers

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Soldier

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Soldier in Barrack

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Soldiers

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Soldiers, Arnold on left

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Soldier

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Soldiers, Arnold in back

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Soldier

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Soldier

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Soldiers

 

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Roy Adams


The Army Air Force Base in Cheddington, England

I’m not 100% sure what squadron Arnold was a part of, but based on the fact that he was based in Cheddington in 1945, my research suggests he was in the 36th. The information available on this base and the 36th Squadron is extremely interesting. Some of the first “electronic warfare” missions came out of this base. For more information on this base and the squadrons stationed there check out the Cheddington RAF Base Wikipedia page and the American Air Museum in Britain website.

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Our hut and bike rack. Cheddington, England

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Head quarantine, Cheddington, England

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Plane

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Soldiers with Oxygen Masks


The Sights

Arnold and his friends saw sights throughout the English countryside, London and Europe. The location description of each sight was written on the back of the photos.

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Buckingham Palace, London

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Buckingham Palace, London

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Buckingham Palace, London

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Buckingham Palace, London

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Scene near cheddington airdrome, Cheddington, England

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Boating on Thames River, Richmond, England

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Scene near camp, Cheddington, England

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Headquarters Cheddington, England

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Scene near camp, Cheddington, England

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Canal and Cheddington air field in distance, England

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Canal scene. near Cheddington, England

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Scenery near Cheddington airdrome. England

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

near camp England

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

cows grazing near camp., England

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Road from camp to Tring – Tring, England

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Scenery near our camp, England.

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

glass house – Kens gardens, London, England

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Old time searchlights along Thames River, London, England

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Eiffel Tower, View From Plane

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Bozik and DePaoli in front of Cenotaph in London, England

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

St. Paul’s Cathedral

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

St. Paul’s Cathedral

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Tower Bridge

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Tower of London

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Tower of London

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Waterloo Bridge

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Westminster Abbey and ” Bridge, London, England

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Old English church about 400 yrs. old. Stratford-on-Avon, England

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Ann Hathaway’s Cottage, Shakespeare’s wife, Stratford-on-Avon, England


The War

War was real and these photos depict that reality. Many of these are aerial photos shot from a plane. There are shots of London, Germany and France.

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Scene of. artillery and tank battle trenchs tank tracks and. artillary shell holes, 11-May-45

 

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Bomb holes Trenchs, Artillery shell holes, 11-May-45-

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Captured German Vehicles

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Cologne, Germany

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Bombed Factory, Essen, Germany, 11-May-45

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Scene of artillary battle near Frankfort, Germany. 11-May-1945-

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Six Gun emplacements near airfield near Frankfort, Germany 11-May-45-

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Germany airfield near Frankfurt. 11-May-45-

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Sunken canal boats Germany, 11-May-45

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Destroyed Factory, Koblenz, Germany, 11-May-45

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Paris, France

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Rhine River Germany, super highway, Trank Tracks, 11-May-45

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Bombed German city along Rhine River smashed bridge, 11-May-45

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Rhine River, smashed bridges, 11-May-45-

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Rhine River Three smashed bridges intact pontoon bridges, 11-May-45

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Rhine River, Two smashed bridges near [FADED] Germany, 11-May-45

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Rhine River near Essen Germany 11-May-45-

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

Destroyed Factory on the Rhine River just below Cologne 11-May-45-

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

London Bomb Damage as seen from St. Paul’s Cathedral

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

London Bomb Damage as seen from St. Paul’s Cathedral

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

London Bomb Damage as seen from St. Paul’s Cathedral

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

London Bomb Damage as seen from St. Paul’s Cathedral

 

 

 

The Life of a World War II Soldier as Seen Through His Camera

London Bomb Damage as seen from St. Paul’s Cathedral

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