Hill served in World War II in a variety of roles. Initially, in 1942, Hill
was assigned to a Tank Destroyer Battalion. After working his way through a
variety of military red tape, Hill was able to secure a commission as an officer.
While the nature of his service is somewhat unclear, as Hill did not discuss
it a great deal, he was trained in identifying bombing targets, and as a prisoner-of-war
interrogator, serving largely in the Mediterranean Sea area. The collection
contains a service record that indicates his dates on service in specific divisions.
Hill wrote a vivid account of visiting his Cassis property shortly after the
removal of German troops from the French coast.
One of Hill's more personally rewarding duties was as part of a motion picture
team that created training films for the Army. Hill's scripts for two training
films, "Chow Hound" and "Poison Ivy", can be found in the
collection. Hill's photographic experience also played a part in his assignments,
as officers sought to take tactical advantage from the photographs and knowledge
Hill had developed during his travels in Greece.
After his service, he returned to his property in Cassis, which
had suffered only minor damage under German occupation. Hill spent the rest
of the 1940s painting and traveling, before restarting his filmmaking career
late in the decade with his work on a documentary on the American painter Grandma
Moses. This film was released in 1950 to wide acclaim.