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At Fort Bragg, North Carolina, parachutists and air landing troops of the Army Ground Forces’ Airborne Command get intensive training, September 1942
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print with airbrushing on paper
5 5/8 x 7 1/8 in. (14.29 x 18.1 cm)

Creation Place: North America
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.363

U.S. soldiers learn the fine points of three-dimensional warfare at Fort Bragg. Parachutists and air landing troops of the Army Ground Forces’ Airborne Command get the intensive training which fits them to carry the battle to the enemy though the air. These soldiers from the sky, who are transported by plane and landed by parachute, plane, and gliders, are part of the Army Ground Forces, but they work in closest cooperation with the Air Forces. Army officials point out that they are by no means “suicide” or “sacrifice” troops, since for any Airborne Command attack in force air superiority is a first requisite. These pictures show the air-borne shock troops going into simulated action, North Carolina, September 1942.

Sheet: 6 1/16 x 7 7/8

Ferrotyped prints are processed in such a way that they are shiny. The print has a sensitive surface, usually thinner, because it was put through a press while still wet.

Ferrotyped prints have a sensitive surface, usually shiny and thinner, because they are put through a press while still wet. Ferrotyping makes the surface of the photograph smoother. Light does not scatter as much on a smoother surface, so this increases contrast. That makes ferrotyped images better for press photography.

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