1963 Print Howard Brodie World War II Art U. S. Soldiers GIs Germany Wartime


This is an original 1963 halftone print of soldiers pulling a sofa to their quarters, and a man pulling jerrycans. Brodie wrote on the subject, "During one of the long lulls, GIs moved a sofa down a street to make their quarters comfortable. One pulled 'jerricans' on a civilian cart. In a backyard a GI said to me, 'See that car in the garage?' It was a trim little sedan. 'I put sand in its tank; it's a German car.' In another village, I heard a platoon leader say to his men, 'Treat those featherbeds carefully; this is somebody's home and they're coming back.'"

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 10.5 x 14.25 inches; 27 x 36 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 center of image.

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