Matthew Nash

Ohrdruf Extended: Men Without Guns pt. 2


Lt. Donald G. Johnson in post-WWII National Guard.

In my documentary film “Sixteen Photographs At Ohrdruf” I present the story of a small stack of photos found after my grandfather died.  As often happens when making a film, many interesting parts of his story were left out, including large portions of his letters about his time at war. I also collected a lot of his books and papers, many of which never appear in the film.

I previously posted some images from one of the books in his collection titled “Men Without Guns” from 1945, which contains 118 illustrations about medics, doctors and nurses in combat. The illustrations in “Men Without Guns” show war from the medic’s vantage. As an artist, I appreciate their style and gesture as much as their storytelling, and I wanted to share a few of these great illustrations as an extension of my film. I deeply regret that there was no way to fit them into the story.

Here are 5 more images from the book.


From “Men Without Guns” – NURSE IN NEWFOUNDLAND by Joseph Hirsch.


From “Men Without Guns” – THE QUICK AND THE DEAD by Lawrence Beall Smith.


From “Men Without Guns” – SO WHAT by Joseph Hirsch.


From “Men Without Guns” – FIELD EXAMINATION by Joseph Hirsch.


From “Men Without Guns” – NIGHT SHIFT by Joseph Hirsch.

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