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    • 3rd and 6th MAMAS units, Italy, 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • The 3rd detachment, Medical Museum and Arts Service (MAMAS), Spring 1944, at the La Mostra, Naples. Left to right: Melvin Shaffer; Fred Toelle; unknown; Hooker Goodwin; unknown; Sidney Shapiro.
    • Melvin Shaffer with Cine Special, 8th Evacuation Hospital Italy, 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • Melvin Shaffer and his Cine Special used for filming surgery and patients in hospitals. This camera, however, was never used for photography in the forward areas. These cameras were not suitable for "rugged" use and, for fieldwork, were left behind...
    • Naples and Mt. Vesuvius, April 1945

    • 1945
    • Italy and Southern France
    • A view of the harbor at Naples with Mt. Vesuvius in the background. A truly beautiful city, Naples was a nice retreat from assignments in the forward areas. This photo was made after the massive eruption of Vesuvius and clearly shows the newly...
    • Mt. Vesuvius eruption, Naples, 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • A view of Vesuvius from the western part of Naples, clearly showing the massive lava cloud spewing from the volcano's top. This photo, made near the beginning of the eruption, shows a southward flow of lava and a very high concentration of ash in...
    • Tracer trails from anti-aircraft fire over Naples, 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • A composite print of anti aircraft tracer fire over Naples. While not subjected to bombing runs, the port was a frequent subject of night photography by the German forces. They always knew just how high they needed to fly to avoid the...
    • 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...
    • Elvira and Paul Showstack (seated)

    • 1945
    • Italy and Southern France
    • From left to right: Richard Anderson; Melvin Shaffer; Elvira Showstack; Paul Showstack. Elvira and Paul were married in Naples in 1945. Elvira had successfully eluded the Nazis; she was one of the many who were in hiding in the Catacombs in Rome...
    • 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...
    • Walking wounded and sick leaving Hospital Ship

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • Walking wounded leaving the hospital ship (the "Shamrock", a United States vessel) in Naples for transport to a General Hospital in a huge medical complex established at La Mostra, Naples.
    • Boys, Naples, 1943

    • 1943
    • Italy and Southern France
    • Having a splash in the fountain in the Villa Comunale.
    • Opera, Naples, 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • The stage at the Teatro di San Carlo, Naples demonstrating simple staging made necessary by wartime scarcities. That said, talent was still in abundance.

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