This is an original 1963 halftone print of soldiers at the Malmedy Massacre during the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium. 84 American prisoners of war were executed by SS troops, and in late December of 1944, the city underwent repetitive bombing by the United States Army Air Forces, despite the fact that the city was under Allied control. Brodie wrote on the subject, "I illustrated the massacre at Malmedy from official accounts of survivors: 'The outfit was put into one group and a German officer searched us for wrist watches and took our gloves and cigarettes... We were marched into an open field about 100 feet from the road where German tanks were moving by. There were about 150 of us, counting officers and medics. We all stood there with our hands up, when a German officer in a command car shot a medical officer and one enlisted man... Then the machine guns on the tanks opened up on the group..."
Howard Brodie (1915-2010) was a renowned artist known for his combat sketches and courtroom scenes. Brodie enlisted in the Army in 1942, and recorded the end of the Guadalcanal campaign, as well as the Central Europe and Rhineland campaigns. He never carried a weapon during this time, but was found under fire on various occasions, where he dropped his sketchpad and worked as a medic; for this, he was awarded the Bronze Star of Valor. After the war, he became a courtroom artist and covered several famous trials, including that of Charles Manson, General Westmoreland, Patty Hearst and the Chicago Seven. He remained a war artist during the Korean, French Indochina and Vietnam wars, and established himself as one of the top news artists by capturing emotions with his fluid lines and attention to detail.
This 48+ year old Item is rated Mint / Near Mint. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage.
Product Type: Original Halftone Print; Black / White
Grade: Mint / Near Mint
Dimensions: Approximately 14.25 x 10.5 inches; 36 x 27 cm
Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)
This piece was illustrated by Brodie, Howard. Artist signature in print - bottom right of image.