ep 72: Voice of the Dogface

Episode 72 Cover Art

Episode 72 Cover ArtBill Mauldin once said that the infantryman “gives more and gets less than anybody else.” He knew this from his experience on the front lines during the invasion of Sicily and the Allied campaign up the boot of Italy. The talented cartoonist succeeded in ruffling the feathers of the “brass” all the way up to General George Patton. In a time when American news outlets were sanitizing World War II for the folks on the home front, Bill Mauldin depicted the grim reality of war. Through the use of meticulous detail, keen observations, and sardonic wit, he spoke for the masses of ordinary soldiers, the “dogfaces,” who had no voice of their own within the massive military machine of the United States.

NOTES:

Bill Mauldin – WWII Cartoon – Bloody Ridge, Sicily, Italy – 1943
https://www.comicartfans.com/gallerypiece.asp?piece=978436

Bill Mauldin Beyond Willie and Joe
https://www.loc.gov/rr/print/swann/mauldin/

What Was the Importance of Bill Mauldin to WWII Infantrymen
https://dailyhistory.org/What_Was_the_Importance_of_Bill_Mauldin_to_WWII_Infantrymen

Author: The Digression Podcast Guys
Chris and Jody are Air Force vets who enjoy military history and folklore. This is their podcast. They tell stories. They digress. A lot.

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  1. This was an interesting story. I think everybody in the military, or at least those of us who have been around awhile, knows Willie and Joe, but I did not know much about their creator until now.

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