Earl Powers, Muddy Shoes
"Earl Powers rubbing mud from his shoes at Hollandia" From "Darkroom Soldier": "Hollandia Mud. In April, 1942, Japanese forces landed at Hollandia on the New Guinea coast unopposed, but on April 22, 1944, 'surprise landings by U.S. troops were made at Aitape and Hollandia...[and] within five days the airfields at Hollandia and Aitape were in Allied possession.' Here, three months later, Sgt Powers uses water in a tire rut to wash the sticky but safe Hollandia mud off his shoes." ("Darkroom Soldier" caption authored by George Venn)
Helten, Paula (curator)
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Hollandia, New Guinea
From the Collection of Fred Hill