Capt. Beatrice B. Wachter Collection
US Holocaust Memorial Museum
Dark views of a building along the river. Military personnel aboard a boat, MS of soldier with camera. Pan of buildings along the Rhine riverside at Remagen, Germany. The pontoon bridge crossing the Rhine River at Remagen in March 1945. The first Army nurses to cross the Rhine River were with the 51st Field Hospital on March 14, 1945. Boats and landing crafts dock and corps members move to shore. Another view of the bridge. The first nurses to cross the Rhine on March 13 included: Chief Nurse Lois K. Grant, Ione C. Kinneck, Helen Johnson, Madalyn H. Andreko, Josephine J. Jennis, Beatrice Wachter, Mildred Judkins, Kay Wadry, Florence Bestman, Frances M. Anderson, and Lois (Dorothy) Judd.
Detailed film condition and transfer report from Brodsky and Treadway in departmental files.
Refer to NARA photograph 111 SC 370799 or newspaper article regarding Rhine crossing.
Biography / History:
Captain Beatrice Wachter of the Army Nurse Corps and military personnel attached to the 51st Field Hospital traveled through Europe during World War II. The 51st Field Hospital was recognized for enduring harsh conditions along battle fronts, particularly at the Normandy invasion and the Battle of the Bulge. The films show medical personnel's leisure time, as they relaxed at various campsites and took short excursions to cities and towns across Europe, primarily in France, Germany, and Belgium.
Beatrice Wachter (1906-1979) from Philadelphia, PA married Harry Wachter, a circulation agent with the Philadelphia Daily News, in 1931. She enlisted with the Army Nurse Corps at the age of 37 on June 7, 1943 and arrived in Europe on March 11, 1944. She served with the 51st Field Hospital in the campaigns of Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central Europe, and returned home on November 29, 1945. She received a Certificate of Merit: "With unselfish disregard for her own comfort and safety, Lt. Wachter contributed immeasurably to the care and well being of the many seriously wounded patients of the 51st Field Hospital in France, Belgium and Germany."
2015.417.1 Jack Stein, the grandson of Captain Beatrice B. Wachter, donated two reels of original 16mm Kodachrome film documenting the daily lives of members of the 51st Field Hospital between 1943 and 1945 to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in April 2013.
16mm original Kodachrome film (1944)
16mm; HDCam; DigiBeta; Uncompressed QT; ProRes 422 HQ; H264; DVD
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