The painting was nutty. That's all there was to it. How in the world could this man be smiling on a beachead where shell fire would come all the time, constantly?
from the gallery of combat artists on PBS. http://www.pbs.org/theydrewfire/index.html
During World War II more than 100 U.S. servicemen and civilians served as 'combat artists'. They depicted the war as they experienced it with their paintbrushes and pens. Their stories have never been told, and for fifty years their artwork, consisting of more than 12,000 pieces has been largely forgotten -- until now. This Web site is a companion to the PBS documentary They Drew Fire, which originally aired in May 2000. Here you will find an extensive art gallery displaying the pieces shown in the film, as well as other paintings by the combat artists. Many of these images have been hidden from the public eye since the time of the war.