29 July 1945: Artillerymen of the 925th Field Artillery Battalion march through Sindelfingen, Germany, on their way to an awards ceremony. Note the 100th Infantry Division patches painted on the side of the helmets -- a clear indicator of a return to "garrison soldiering." Note, too, the numerous German civilians observing the parade; every man in the 925th had to be aware that, in the minds of the onlookers, his bearing was being compared to that of the recently-vanquished foe. Coupled with unit esprit, perhaps that also accounts for the perfect 30-inch steps and "six to the front, three to the rear" arm swings evident on every one of the soldiers in the photo!

US Army Signal Corps photo contributed by Ray Denman, L/397th Infantry Regiment.