I am reluctant to post nude photos of war prisoners because they were sometimes mistreated and often not able to consent to having their photos made, something that could probably be said about any number of military nude photos. I do make exceptions, however, for images where the men appear to be well treated and not in any obvious distress. All but one of today's images, including a movie, were kindly forwarded to me by fellow Hawaii resident Larry K., a diligent and generous researcher. We start with some German prisoners at a transit camp in Bourg Leopold, Belgium. The date was January 20, 1945 and the photographer was Sgt. Silverside of the British Army.
Saturday, March 28, 2020
Not many know it, but the British sent troops to help the hapless Italians in World War I.
Larry K.'s source says that these men are Austro-Hungarian prisoners of the British being
allowed to get a bath in a stream. Some even seem to have soap and wash cloths,
and one guy in the background may actually be having a quick swim.
Larry K. found this movie clip of Russian prisoners being processed by their Austro-Hungarian captors. They are getting haircuts for louse control, and their lice infested uniforms are either being burned or disinfected. Although not shown here, I have stills similar to this that show crotch haircuts.
This is the only post today that wasn't provided by Larry K. It is from the Australian
War Memorial and shows a clandestine photo taken in a Singapore prison not long after the British-Australian forces in Malaya surrendered to the Japanese in 1942. I can't bring myself to post
the photos of these men when they were liberated three years later. It was that bad.
Friday, March 27, 2020
Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943) was a Norwegian sculptor who is best known for his massive body of work in a single installation in Frogner Park, Oslo. (He also designed the Nobel Prize medal, fwiw.) Here is his wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustav_Vigeland
Most of these works are men on the beefy side, so they will be the art portion of our double feature.
Beef is on the menu for our Friday double feature. While most of the physique photographers of the 1940-1965 golden era of the genre got their start with bodybuilders, they didn't often focus on men who seem bulked up. Today, we will see five who did, starting with Bill Lamm by Bruce of LA.