18 Badass Photos Of World War II Soldiers With Their Tanks

When the Farm Security Administration was created as part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal, photographers were hired to document the plight of the impoverished farmers across the nation. But with the onset of World War II, the program was absorbed into the newly created Office of War Information and the program was changed to capture propaganda photos of the war effort.

Between 1939 and 1944, hundreds of thousands of photographs were captured by these photographers for the FSA and OWI. Although the overwhelming amount of these are in black and white, about 1,600 were captured in brilliant color.

Alfred T. Palmer was an OWI photographer from 1942 until 1943 and was able to capture some of his photos in color. In June 1942, he traveled to Fort Knox in Kentucky and documented the soldiers with their M3 and M4 tanks. Although the photos are clearly staged propaganda shots, they’re still decidedly badass.

Tank commander, Ft. Knox, Ky

A young soldier of the armored forces holds and sights his Garand rifle like an old timer, Fort Knox, Ky. He likes the piece for its fine firing qualities and its rugged, dependable mechanism. Infantryman with halftrack
M-3 and M4 tank company at bivouac, Ft. Knox, Ky
M-3 tank and crew using small arms, Ft. Knox, Ky
Halftrack infantryman with Garand rifle, Ft. Knox, Ky
Tank commander, Ft. Knox, Ky
The crew of an M-3 tank learn all the ways of causing trouble for the Axis with a 75-mm. gun, a 37-mm. gun and four machine guns, Fort Knox, Ky. The Fort Knox School for tank crews has graduated many men who are now ready to meet the enemy on our far flung battle lines — and on more than equal terms.
Tank commander, Ft. Knox, Ky
Crewman of an M-3 tank, Ft. Knox, Ky
M-3 tanks and crews, Ft. Knox, Ky
Good man, good gun: a private of the armored forces does some practice shooting with a 30-calibre Browning machine gun, Fort Knox, Ky. The gun is mounted on a pedestal for anti-aircraft work
M-4 tank crews of the United States, Ft. Knox, Ky
Tank driver, Ft. Knox, Ky
Light tank, Ft. Knox, Ky
M-3 tanks in action, Ft. Knox, Ky
M-3 tanks in action, Ft. Knox, Ky
M-3 tank, Ft. Knox, Ky
Tank driver, Ft. Knox, Ky