Bill Mauldin, the famous Willie and Joe cartoonist, is shown in these two informal GI
snapshots in his jeep "Jeanie" in Italy near the Po River. Mauldin's characters Willie and
Joe started in the 45th Infantry Division newspaper while Mauldin was in the 45th. The
cartoons depicting life for the average infantryman started to appear to a much larger audience
in Stars and Stripes in 1943.
In a June 1945 magazine article, Time described Bill Mauldin and his jeep named for
his wife Jean:
In a jeep named "Jeanie" he covered the
fronts, commuting between Cassino and the Anzio beachhead, making his left-handed sketches with India
ink, which he got from the engineers, and three carefully guarded worn-out brushes.
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