Tuesday, April 1, 2014
That is the view of the Anacostia Flats, the broad fields on the south bank of the Anacostia River here in Washington, D.C. The photographer is looking northwest. The rectangular-shaped tower with the cap on it is the Navy Yard.
Those tents and shacks belong to the "Bonus Army" -- a group of about 43,000 homeless, starving veterans and membes of their families who marched on the U.S. capital in June and July of 1932 to demand that Congress pay them a $625 service bonus now rather than in 1945.
On July 29, 1933, General Douglas MacArthur attacked the Bonus Army with 3,000 infantry armed with machine-guns and flame-throwers, 400 cavalry, and six tanks. Major Dwight D. Eisenhower assisted MacArthur in the attack. Major George S. Patton, Jr. led the tanks in the assault.
If you want to read the entire story, read my blog post here.