A WWII photo series follows the induction and training of one Army recruit

Shortly after the entry of the United States into World War II, the Office of War Information was established to organize and distribute propaganda and news about the war effort.

The OWI absorbed the famed photographic unit of the Farm Security Administration, reassigning photographers from stories about rural poverty to covering weapon and vehicle factories, scrap metal drives, and other patriotic activities.

In 1942, OWI photographer Jack Delano followed George Camblair of Washington, D.C. through his induction and training at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, documenting his daily life and tracing the transformation of an average young man into a skilled and disciplined soldier.

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The training of WWII soldier George Camblair
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The training of WWII soldier George Camblair
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Camblair leaves home on his way to the Selective Service Board.

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Camblair waits for the train to the induction station.

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Camblair shines his boots in his downtime.

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Camblair picks up ice cream and newspapers from the post exchange.

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Camblair plays piano to accompany his buddies' singing.

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Marksmanship training.

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Camblair practices the use of a gas mask in a smokescreen.

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Learning to throw a Molotov cocktail.

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Camblair learns how to drive a jeep.

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Tank training.

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Camblair writes letters home.

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Kitchen duty.

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Bayonet training.

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Camblair visits the base chaplain.

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Camblair takes his girlfriend to the movies on a weekend furlough.

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Camblair visits his mother on a weekend furlough.

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Camblair at home with his father.

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