Vintage Photos of Off-Duty Soldiers
Pictures of off-duty soldiers capture the everyday, mundane moments of what life is really like on the front lines. Much of a soldier's time in the field doesn't involve combat or danger, but rather, ordinary tasks, down time, and simple boredom. No matter where the war is or what it's about, troops in the field often have a lot of time on their hands, not much to do, and a lot of alcohol around. This leads to some great candid moments, and when cameras are around, great pictures.
Soldiers going on leave would often take photos to remember the good times they had, or to memorialize their comrades. There were also performances, bands, and card games to while away the time, and this is true on all sides of every war. There are as many pictures of German soldiers smiling and goofing off as there are British and American. These photos humanize wars and the people who fought them.
Here are some of the best pictures of soldiers off-duty, taken all over the world.Vote up the best vintage photos of off-duty soldiers below.
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American Soldiers Watching Mickey Rooney Perform, WWIIPhoto: NARA World War II Photos / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
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Americans Posing With German Steins, WWIPhoto: Everett Collection / Shutterstock.com
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Union Soldiers Goofing Off, American Civil WarPhoto: James F. Gibson / Library of Congress / No Known Restrictions
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Canadian Soldiers Have A Beer, WWIIPhoto: Lieut. Ken Bell / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
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Soldiers Opening Christmas Care Packages, WWIIPhoto: U.S. Army Europe / Flickr / Public Domain
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Marines Making Faces, Vietnam WarPhoto: u/leahnardo / Reddit