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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VITAL TO VICTORY: WWII

Park Hotel Alpenhof: 1944

Park Hotel Alpenhof: 1944

R&R in Italy and Switzerland, ADSEC Servicemen, April 1944

Unknown (of yet) World War II Servicemen from Peoria, Illinois, R&R time at the Lake Lugano Area. Lake Lugano is a glacial lake which is situated on the border between southern Switzerland and Northern Italy. And on the same trip, on same Lake, a ski outing, staying at the Park Hotel, Alpenhof in Switzerland and Adler Hotel & Erica Schweizerhof, in Lugano, Switzerland. The servicemen were with the logistical unit of ADSEC or ADSEC/COMZ (Technical Corporals and Sergeants), "The Advance Section, Communications Zone", European Theater of Operations, United States Army (ETOUSA), 1944 to 1945.

ADSEC was responsible supplying the advancing army, with ordnance and munitions; operated field hospitals, and supplied the front-lines with much needed blood, they also provided transportation of oil and gas, and were instrumental in the detail supply planning for Normandy.

(Recovered from fused and water-damaged 120 and 135 roll film)

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