Sketches and watercolour pictures of activities here were produced by Olin Dows who enlisted in the U.S. Army in June 1942 and was destined for officer training school.
He turned this down when the opportunity arose for him to head a group of three artists to go to the European Theatre of Operations as war artists.
He remained in England for a year and only a month after arriving Congress refused to finance the project and he was given photographic duties with the 166th Signal Photo Unit and went with them to Normandy late in June 1944.
Toward the war's end he encountered a group of 56 German soldiers and persuaded them to surrender.
He was discharged from the Army in August 1945.