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The Woman in My Uniform: Women of the Third Reich in Their Husbands\' Uniforms

Matt DiPalma

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At once an examination of gender ideology in the Third Reich, a history of women in uniform as photographic theme, and an analysis of the functions of wartime photography, The Woman in My Uniform compiles original Third Reich photos of German women wearing men’s military uniforms—often their husband’s, boyfriend’s, or family member’s—nearly all never before published. Photography, especially portraiture, reveals the people and cultures they portray in immediate, intimate ways: these photos show a personal, often-amusing practice in one of the most oppressive regimes in human history. Prefacing the photos with a history of depictions of women in uniform, as well as an overview of the growth in popularity of photography in Germany both before and during the war, DiPalma’s meticulous research offers context and insight into these original photographs.

Size: 6" x 9" | 478 color and b/w images | 208 pp
ISBN13: 9780764358630

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Matt DiPalma, graphic designer and illustrator for 40 years and lifelong history enthusiast, has been collecting historical ephemera for more than 25 years. Combining his love of history and art, he began reproducing his collection for motion pictures, museums, and living historians; his work has been seen at the Imperial War Museum, in the television shows Fringe and Royal Pains, and the motion pictures My Christmas Soldier and Sucker Punch. He is best known for the depth of research that he has poured into printing methods, stamps, and handwriting styles to accurately replicate the meticulous nature of German paperwork from the Second World War. Matt lives in Reston, Virginia, with his wife, where he works as a business development professional for a major government contractor.