Those of us who haven’t been through war can never imagine the intense traumas and daily struggles. We hear a lot about missing the comforts of home, but this photo sums that up better than anything. A US Army Sargeant of United States Army North, 15th Army Group, can be seen on his stomach. It takes a moment to understand what is happening in the photo, but he’s actually eating his Thanksgiving Day dinner. On the ground. Under a tarp. The photo, taken somewhere in Italy during World War II, encapsulates how distant from life at home he really is. As families gather around the table for an important day full of celebration, he lays in the dirt thousands of miles away.
23 November 1944