Patton’s armies are 5 miles past the Rhine but two brave soldiers in this very rare photograph are leapfrogging and having a little fun in the process. The two men in this photograph are Technical Sergeant William E. Thomas and Private First Class Joseph Jackson of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion, but at the time of the photograph they were part of the 969th Artillery Battalion. Scrawling such messages on artillery shells in World War II is one way in which artillery soldiers could humorously express their dislike of the enemy.They figure the bombs they’re preparing to lob will be Easter eggs for Hitler. Meanwhile, with the virtual destruction of the Nazi army, our troops are preparing to meet up with their counterparts from the East – the Russians! Yes, They are learning some Russian. But Daddy says it’s still not over. He lived in Germany in the 1930s and expects the Germans to dig in when our troops reach the heartland in Bavaria.