The Hard Hand of War




“This dead German soldier was one of the “last stand” defenders of German-held Cherbourg. Captain Earl Topley, who led one of the first outfits into the fallen city, blamed him for killing three of his boys. France„ 06/27/1944”

(photo courtesy of US National Archives and Records Administration; from the collection of The Office of the Chief Signal Officer of the US Army Signal Corps)


Comments Charles McCain: official US Army photographers and combat photographers were usually members of the US Army Signal Corps.

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Charles McCain

Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: