These Northwestern University girls brave freezing weather to go through a Home Guard rifle drill on the campus in Evanston, 1942 (via Vintage Photo LJ)
Some units had much higher rates [of desertion] than others. The 36thin the battles in France had the highest rate of any division in the American army. It can’t be accidental that there were junior officers … who were not interested in their men, and not talking to their men, and not looking after their men. [Private] Steve Weiss felt like his captain always led from behind, was never at the front lines, you could never find him, they couldn’t confide in him, they couldn’t ask him for anything, and they felt like they got a raw deal from him.
Image of Waldenburg, Germany, 1945 via Military History