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Melvin C. Shaffer World War II Photographs

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    • Farm caravan near Caserta, Italy, 1943

    • 1943
    • Italy and Southern France
    • A small caravan of wagons with hay and clover travel along to the farm from distant fields; late summer, 1943. To the northeast of the city of Caserta, located about 30 miles north of Naples, the land is rich and farming a major activity. While...
    • Attending the opera in Naples, 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • It was not unusual to be at the "front" during the early part of the Italian campaign, only to retreat late in the day and return to Naples to attend the opera or engage in some other activity that had nothing to do with the war. On the morning of...
    • Cutting hemp stalks, Naples, 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • This woman is harvesting hemp straw for the rope industry that was so predominant in and around Naples. Hemp was a major crop in the area of Naples. A large family enterprise, the making of hemp rope flourished all during the period of military...
    • Leaning tower of Pisa, 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • The famous tower escaped damage even though major military activity did take place in the vicinity. The Mausoleum next door, however, did sustain damage; the sides of ancient burial vaults were blown away and gave a good view of the bones of the...
    • Bill Snavely and Melvin Shaffer, Italy, 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • Lt. Bill Snavely of the 8th Evacuation Hospital and Melvin Shaffer, still holding his Kodak Cine Special camera, used for filming surgery and patients in hospitals. The tents to the rear are actually units of the hospital. Near the Po River,...
    • Casablanca, laundry, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • In the fields near Casablanca, after the war and its activity was gone from the area, these Berber women did laundry in the time-honored way. They chatted and sang as they worked, giving the impression of being at peace with themselves and the...
    • Morning call to prayer, Bou Saada, Algeria, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • His voice was loud and clear, his prayer long enough for me to get up and make an emergency trip to get his photograph. He then invited me into the Mosque to witness but not photograph the morning service. Activity began in earnest in the village...
    • Traveling entertainer, Algiers, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • This traveling entertainer in a small village near Biskra played music on the drum you see here, as well as on various horns hidden beneath his costume. These men would travel across the desert from one market to another making a meager living with...
    • Gardens inside the Sultan's palace, Rabat, September 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • While there was evidence of activity -- heavily used walkways, a toy now and then, some debris from food, etc. -- never did I see any of the Palace inhabitants out while we (American soldiers) were present. It was as if the palace was deserted, and...

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