The World War II Photo of the Week
for 10 September 2001
|The Censor's Pen ...
This photo, dated 16 April 1945, was classified RESTRICTED, and the location (Gütenluck, Germany) was also censored. The sign bears the 83rd Thunderbolt Division triangle, and credits the 295th Engineer Battalion and the 992 Bridge Company with the construction. The bridge, which spanned the Elbe River, was named for the new President of the United States (Franklin Roosevelt had died four days earlier). A note on the back indicated that the censor was so concerned about the safety of the pontoon bridge that the background was flagged for deletion (note squiggles), and the faces of the soldiers were marked to be cut. The photo was still killed before radio transmission, as indicated by another note on the back. A later note was added by the photo killer that the background was to be deleted "when the operationals came through." Photo from the Webmaster's collection.