Tom Laemlein reflects how when mankind is at its best when things are at their worst.
by Tom Laemlein
“I’ve come to realize that mankind is at its best when things are at their worst. Even in our darkest hour, Peace will find us. Peace is a gift that grows from within, and we are truly blessed when we can share it with others. Peace comes despite all the bullets and bombs, the hardship and the hurt. One day Peace will reign, Oh how I wish that it would reign. Let it reign.”
Photo caption: 17th Airborne trooper, Belgium chapel, January 8, 1945
The son of a US 8th Infantry Division veteran who fought in Normandy, Brittany and Germany, Tom Laemlein has always been fascinated by weaponry. However, it wasn’t until his thirties that he purchased his first carbine—marking the start of his collecting career. It also set him on his path as a publisher of specialist titles aimed at weapon collectors and enthusiasts including Small Arms of the Vietnam War: A Photographic Study.
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Photo courtesy of Tom Laemlein