Soldier-Tourists in 1945 Austria

Teaching, conferences, and administrative business has thoroughly interrupted my work on this project. I’m slowly coming back to it and recently began sorting information pertaining to tourism immediately after the end of the war. As I mentioned in my intro post, for that time period the term tourism is more a misnomer. But of course there were people engaging in activities that related to tourism, and soldiers from the three Western allies featured prominently among them.

Here’s a picture I found in the National Archives:

American soldiers relaxing at an Alpine lake in June 1945

The backside of the photo contains the following information:

“Infatrymen of the 44th division, occupying Austrian Tyrol, acquire suntan swimming and relaxing at a lake in the Alps. L-R: PFC Louis W. Carlile, Gainesboro, Tenn., PFC Jesse W. Fugett, Joliet, Ill., PFC Robert J. Hayes, 8803 Dexter BLVD., Detroit, Mich., PFC Kelly R. Campbell, 2478 S. 25th St., Akron, Ohio, PVT. Jim [?] Redding, 313 Center St., Ithaca, N.Y., and CPL. Edwin C. Crews, Edgewood, Ill.”

The picture was taken by the Signal Corps of the 7th Army, VI Corps, 324 IN-F, stationed in Landeck, Austria.

Any additional information about the soldiers in the picture and their experience in postwar Austria would be greatly appreciated.

Guidebooks for the “Individual Invader”

All Western military commands at one point issued pocket guides for their soldiers stationed in Germany and Austria. These functioned both as behavioral manuals and as guides to places deemed worthy of visiting. The books contain a wealth of information about the perception of both the Germans and Austrians, and sometimes, just sometimes, the title gives away more than the occupation command might have intended, as the subtitle “A Pocket Map Reader for the Individual Invader” suggests: