Battlefield Cant Project
Battlefield n. the field or ground on which a battle is fought.
Cant n. the phraseology peculiar to a particular class, party, profession
“Battlefield Cant” are a series of photographs from the European battlefields of WW2 and prose from the soldiers who fought there.
The heroic deeds of the landings at Normandy and the Allied triumph of WW2 are the defining moment of a dying generation. I have a keen interest in what remains of these sacred locations, both in images & words. In April of 2011 I began the project “Battlefield Cant” and visited the Normandy D-Day landing beaches and battlefields photographing with my trusty wooden 8x10 camera.
Being deeply affected by reading the accounts of our soldiers, I was motivated to start a collection of quotations from American veterans who fought in these locations. I seek funding to produce an exhibition of platinum prints, a book combining words & images, and a second trip to Europe following the boot steps and treads of the Allies to complete Battlefield Cant.
Images from Normandy
Mary of the Bullitt- a glass enclosed statue of the Virgin Mary posed with her hand across her heart got caught in the cross fire of Germans and American paratroopers fighting it out in the church of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont. Notice the bullitt hole that remains as evidence of the short fire fight.
Triptych of American Landing Points in Normandy in Cyanotypes
Bluffs of Utah Beach
Dog Green Sector- Omaha Beach
Point Du Hoc Memorial
Point Du Hoc- Three companies of Rangers landed by sea at the foot of the cliffs, and scaled them using ropes, ladders, and grapples under German fire, and engaged the enemy at the top of the cliff and destroyed the artillery that threatened the other beaches.
Brecourt Manor- This is a photograph of the site that Easy Company of the 101st Airborne assaulted 4 artillery batteries. The short battle is often cited as a classic example of small-unit tactics and leadership in overcoming a larger enemy force.
Bunker Over Looking Beach at Point Du Hoc
Crater Landscape at Point Du Hoc
Norman Fields- Across fields such as these squads of Allied infantry had to cross exposed to fire from German troops hidden in stands of trees or hedgerows. It was slow going and dangerous as MG 42 fire or mortars would take thier toll on the Allies as they traversed field after field.
Longues Sur Mer Battery Observation Bunker
Batteries of Longues Sur Mer- Four batteries on the Norman Coast had to be eliminated for the invasion so the Allies tasked the Air Force to bomb them into submission. However the Germans built them to last, and it came down to a naval duel with battleships to force the surrender of the Germans manning the guns.
Omaha Beach Surviving Mulberry Dock
Sherman Treads- The M4 Sherman tank is the classic armor unit of American forces. Fast, agile, and in abundance it would prove to be delicate yet effective in ensuring allied victory. It earned the nick name, Ronson after the cigarette lighter company due to the unfortunate way it would easily explode and burn from taking hits.
German 88- The most feared artillery piece in WW2 was certainly the 88 mm gun. This German anti-aircraft and anti-tank artillery gun was widely used by Germany throughout the war, and was one of the most recognizable German weapons of the war. It had a high rate of fire, deadly accurate and was the bane of Allied tanks and infantry.
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