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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...
    • Mt. Vesuvius eruption, San Sebastiano al Vesuvio, 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • The Allied forces invaded Italy in September, 1943. This was followed in March, 1944 by a massive eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Lava flowed for days and covered many villages and farms to the northwest from the ancient ruins of Pompeii. At least the...
    • MAMAS portrait, June 1945

    • 1945
    • Italy and Southern France
    • Melvin Shaffer, Lou Breslow, Ralph Creer and Paul Showstack just after V-Day. Major Creer, commanding officer of the MMAS units at the Army Medical Museum, visited them all after hostilities had ceased.
    • 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...

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