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1963 Print Howard Brodie WWII Art Medic Oliver Poythress Soldier Dud 88 Mortar

1963 Print Howard Brodie WWII Art Medic Oliver Poythress Soldier Dud 88 Mortar

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This is an original 1963 halftone print of an 88 dud landing behind a medic named Oliver Poythress in Germany (Deutschland). Brodie wrote on the subject, "During the 88 barrage, a dud landed in front of a platoon sergeant, spraying him with dirt. Another ricocheted over the 300 operator and one landed behind a medic. GIs described the duds when we rehashed the attack afterwards." Poythress had stopped a GI from throwing a grenade into a supposed enemy basement when he heard a baby crying. Poythress then deduced that the basement was sheltering women and children.

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 right of image.

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