An American pineapple, of the kind the Axis finds hard to digest, is ready to leave the hand of an infantryman in training at Fort Belvoir, Va. American soldiers make good grenade throwers (LOC)

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An American pineapple, of the kind the Axis finds hard to digest, is ready to leave the hand of an infantryman in training at Fort Belvoir, Va. American soldiers make good grenade throwers

[between 1941 and 1945]

1 transparency : color.

Title from FSA or OWI agency caption.
Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944.

United States--Army
Forts & fortifications
World War, 1939-1945
United States--Virginia--Fort Belvoir

Format: Transparencies--Color

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

Part Of: Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Collection 12002-69 (DLC) 93845501

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Call Number: LC-USW36-451


Owner: The Library of Congress
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    • 16/Jan/2008 20:19:12

    Hard to digest...I get it! Crazy but funny in an old charming way :)

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    • 16/Jan/2008 20:45:20

    This is an awesome photo. Posed, sure, but the expression on this guy's face is perfect.

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    • 17/Jan/2008 00:44:03

    amazing image, the soldier almost looks like a mannequin

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    • 17/Jan/2008 20:48:01

    This is a wonderful photo. BTW, sincere congratulations for this photostream. It's great for us to have all this collection on Flickr.

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    • 18/Jan/2008 02:33:00

    wonderful title!

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    • 18/Jan/2008 06:09:28

    This entire collection is amazing. Thank you so much for putting this up on the internet for the entire world to see. I know I will be spending a lot of time looking over the entire album. Thank you!

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    • 19/Jan/2008 04:55:03

    Looks like it could be from a propaganda poster.

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    • 19/Jan/2008 16:41:33

    I used to have plastic toy soldiers in the exact same pose

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    • 20/Jan/2008 09:30:04

    This is also war propaganda. Posters such as this were used to motivate the public and keep the moralle at a higher level. While photos such as those with women doing men's jobs, were meant to motivate the women into joining the assembly lines, pictures such as this were meant to keep the moralle high by depicting the soldiers on the battle field in heroic, dominating poses.

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    • 23/Jan/2008 15:58:53

    'Did I? Or didn't I pull the pin?

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    The Queen of No

    • 23/Jan/2008 21:04:08


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    David Dubin

    • 24/Jan/2008 16:38:47

    I learned to throw "pineapples" at Ft. Jackson, S.C. in 1966. This was not part of any propaganda effort, but as part of a training effort. When I went through basic training in 1966, we saw slides/photos like this to show us the "correct" way to do it. You are to sight down your left arm and throw the grenade to the spot at which you are pointing. Considering that the typical hand grenade had a killing radius of 5 meters, his concentrated look is not surprizing.

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    • 25/Jan/2008 02:12:47

    Now that is G.I. Joe, the real American hero.

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    Psalm Love

    • 17/Feb/2008 19:53:40

    awesome photo, shoddy scanning. u can see it on most of the other photos. shame, such an amazing collection too. or was everything just really dark and underexposed in the 40's? =/ beautiful nonetheless. great expression on his face, perfect angles and composition.

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    synonymous crib

    • 22/Feb/2008 16:55:10

    @daviddubin: did my training in 1986, still taught to through this way. In 1966 you were at Tank Hill, in 1986 I was in Hollywood.

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    WilliamBanzai7/Colonel Flick

    • 25/Feb/2008 17:03:25

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Photography and the New Science of Neuro-Aesthetics, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

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    • 06/Oct/2008 12:57:55

    incredible ... technically perfect, and what an amazing force !

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    • 12/Oct/2008 02:47:44

    It's amazing to see photos from this era in such splendid colour and detail!

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    • 21/Oct/2008 11:55:35

    great shot!

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    • 22/Oct/2008 04:10:38

    Sure it's posed. It was shot 4x5 format. Not exactly conducive to action photography. The expression probably came from holding the pose for so long. You know they probably bracketed.

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    • 22/Oct/2008 12:08:28

    nice work....

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    terrific lake

    • 16/Nov/2008 11:57:51

    not bright enough

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    Shai Rachamim

    • 21/Nov/2008 08:36:59

    4 touchdowns in one game

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    fresh plants

    • 04/Dec/2008 04:30:45

    A very interesting photograph.

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    Sibin Arsenijevic

    • 06/Jan/2009 11:33:50

    Great photo ;)

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    • 11/Jan/2009 19:03:48

    Illegal use of white phosphorous! Against kids in Gaza .

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    • 11/Jan/2009 19:04:47

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Journalism ( Social &Political -Officials&Citizens), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    zealous control

    • 11/Feb/2009 19:36:04

    grenades are surprisingly hard to throw..not like baseballs or anything as one might imagine.. the reason you thow them this way is if you just wind up and chuck it.. your hand on the backswing could hit something and make the grnade fall out.. and that would be a permanent no-go for you.

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    • 28/Feb/2009 21:59:57

    Great shot!

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    tobias f.

    • 08/Mar/2009 16:29:46

    realy great...

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    • 23/Mar/2009 01:04:03

    Nice angle!!! Excellent shot!!!!

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    • 05/Apr/2009 17:12:06

    The lighting on this one is amazing! I wish I was this good with a flash...

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    Wesley Danes

    • 22/Jul/2009 06:04:05

    FSA and American War Propaganda... :(

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    smooth stomach

    • 31/Dec/2009 19:24:31

    Saeer, your first comment has nothing to do with this photograph.

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    • 20/Mar/2012 21:35:25

    To answer the question about underexposure, that was likely done deliberately to make the colors more rich and vibrant. Common technique with slide film.

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    • 20/Mar/2012 21:50:20

    the exposure is more than perfect.

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    • 21/May/2012 07:24:42

    This caption is awfully dumb. I remember throwing a hand grenade in Army Basic Training. Unlike the sound of an explosion in movies, it is really loud! I can still hear the shrapnel hitting the roof of the shelter I was in.