COMBAT ARTISTS OF WW II, PBS Telelvision, check local listings for times.
Moving interviews with seven of the 100 U.S. servicemen and civilians who served as combat artists during World War II are featured in the one-hour PBS television documentary, “They Drew Fire: Combat Artists of WWII,” which will air nationally on May 15 (check local listings for time).
Although newsreels and photographs were prolific in war coverage, American generals insisted that artists be sent into battle to experience and interpret the conflict. This program details the recent rediscovery of more than 12,000 pieces of artwork stored in dusty military archives and basements and features more than 100 of these paintings and drawings. The sobering images vividly portray the camaraderie of the troops, and also depict, in graphic reality, the horrors of the battlefield.
More multi-media reviews from the June 2000 Issue of American History:
THE INDOMITABLE TEDDY ROOSEVELT (Video & DVD)