Late November 1944: During the brief pause between driving the German 708th Volks-Grenadier Division from their defenses in the High Vosges, and pursuing the 361st Volks-Grenadiers through the Low Vosges range, these members of 2d Battalion, 398th Infantry get a break to eat hot chow. Here, Staff Sergeant Sam Cahoon of Warren, New Jersey, looks up at the camera as his men wash their mess kits. Keeping mess equipment sanitary in the field is always a challenge, and absolutely necessary to prevent dysentery and other gastrointestinal disorders. These men are disinfecting their mess kits and cutlery in hot, soapy water, heated by "immersion heaters" placed in 30-gallon cans.
Photo by Technician 3d Grade Doug Smyth of New Milford, Connecticut, a medic supporting the 2d Battalion, 398th Infantry Regiment, 100th Infantry Division. This photo was taken with a Kodak 127 Vest Pocket Folding Camera, which Doug carried in a pouch on his pistol belt. The negatives were developed using captured German chemicals.