The Benevolent & Protective Brotherhood of Them What Has Been Shot At


“Ya don’t git combat pay ’cause ya don’t fight.”

My dad and I went to a military vehicle and gear ‘swapmeet’ one weekend and I came across a book that I just fell in love with.  I really like politically-oriented cartoons and art and this book struck many beautiful chords with me.  It’s called Up Front and its written and illustrated by WWII’s famous rank ‘n’ file cartoon genius, Bill Mauldin.  It was written in 1944 while Mauldin was in Italy and France.  It’s essentially a long political and social diatribe to accompany 161 of his cartoon drawings, all of which give voice to the sardonic vignettes of ‘dogface’ infantry soldiers.   

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