The World War II Photo of the Week
for 21 May 2001
|Gotta Smoke? ...
A pair of U. S. Marines enjoy a smoke
during a break in the fighting somewhere in the Pacific. During wartime, cigarettes were an absolute necessity. As General John J. Pershing wrote, "You ask what we need to win this war. I answer tobacco as much as bullets. Tobacco is as indispensable as the daily ration; we must have thousands of tons without delay." The notion of the cigarette break in the midst of carnage is not strange to the soldier just look at the blasted landscape in the background and the still-wary gaze of the soldier on the right cradling a .30-caliber machine gun. Yet there seems to be a strange calmness in the scene. From the Webmaster's collection.