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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...
    • 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...
    • Cutting clover, Caserta, Summer 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • Using the sickle, this woman harvested huge quantities of clover and hay, which then was loaded and carried by oxen to distant farm complexes.
    • Approaching San Gimignano, 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • The city of San Gimignano, just north of Siena, was prominent for its many bell towers. Difficult to get too because of heavy land mining in the area, it was a romantic city and favorite getaway spot for American Military officers and their Red...
    • Mt. Vesuvius

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • Mt. Vesuvius seen during eruption, 1944. This farmland was near the northwestern sector.
    • Fields, plains of central Italy, Spring 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • This aerial view of well-manicured farmland provides another example of the tenacity of local people and of their ability to carry on with their lives in spite of the war and it effects on their environment.
    • Central Italy, Spring 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • This structure, probably a monastery, is surrounded by signs of war: land stripped bare of trees; pathways crisscrossing the plain; and some evidence of clean-up apparent, with the aim of resuming farming and food production.
    • Near Cassino, Italy

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • This scene reveals that, just a few weeks after heavy fighting occurred here (it had since moved on to the north), farmland in the area had been neatly restored.
    • Home, Southern Italy

    • 1945
    • Italy and Southern France
    • A home in southern Italy, situated on farming land.

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