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Melvin C. Shaffer World War II Photographs

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    • 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...
    • Fred Toelle painting, "Trench Foot, Socks"

    • 1945
    • Italy and Southern France
    • This is one of a series of oil paintings, 4 x 6 ft in size, done by Sgt. Fred Toelle. They made their way back to Washington after the war and, since I was involved in the project by furnishing Fred with photos from which he made these works of...
    • Fred Toelle painting, "P.O.W.'s draining in the Pontine Marshes"

    • 1945
    • Italy and Southern France
    • This is one of a series of oil paintings, 4 x 6 ft in size, done by Sgt. Fred Toelle. They made their way back to Washington after the war and, since I was involved in the project by furnishing Fred with photos from which he made these works of...
    • Fred Toelle painting, "MP directing traffic through a minefield"

    • 1945
    • Italy and Southern France
    • This is one of a series of oil paintings, 4 x 6 ft in size, done by Sgt. Fred Toelle. They made their way back to Washington after the war and, since I was involved in the project by furnishing Fred with photos from which he made these works of...
    • Fred Toelle painting, "Home disinfection, Pontine Marshes"

    • 1945
    • Italy and Southern France
    • This is one of a series of oil paintings, 4 x 6 ft in size, done by Sgt. Fred Toelle. They made their way back to Washington after the war and, since I was involved in the project by furnishing Fred with photos from which he made these works of...
    • Fred Toelle painting, "Mess kit washing, Italy, 1945"

    • 1945
    • Italy and Southern France
    • This is one of a series of oil paintings, 4 x 6 ft in size, done by Sgt. Fred Toelle. They made their way back to Washington after the war and, since I was involved in the project by furnishing Fred with photos from which he made these works of...
    • Fred Toelle painting, "DDT disinfections, Pontine Marshes"

    • 1945
    • Italy and Southern France
    • This is one of a series of oil paintings, 4 x 6 ft in size, done by Sgt. Fred Toelle. They made their way back to Washington after the war and, since I was involved in the project by furnishing Fred with photos from which he made these works of...
    • Fred Toelle painting, "Village scene, Italy, 1945"

    • 1945
    • Italy and Southern France
    • This is one of a series of oil paintings, 4 x 6 ft in size, done by Sgt. Fred Toelle. They made their way back to Washington after the war and, since I was involved in the project by furnishing Fred with photos from which he made these works of...
    • Fred Toelle painting, "Field Hospital waiting line, Italy"

    • 1945
    • Italy and Southern France
    • This is one of a series of oil paintings, 4 x 6 ft in size, done by Sgt. Fred Toelle. They made their way back to Washington after the war and, since I was involved in the project by furnishing Fred with photos from which he made these works of...
    • Walking wounded aboard Hospital Ship, Southern France

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • Wounded were classified into "walking", "need assistance" and "stretcher" cases. Here pictured on-board the "Shamrock", a United States hospital ship, these soldiers -- walking wounded in the invasion of southern France -- were indeed ambulatory...
    • 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.
    • Soldier with shrapnel wounds, Southern France en route to Naples

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • Here pictured on-board the "Shamrock", a United States hospital ship, a soldier with a severe laceration wound of his shoulder -- he was probably hit by artillery fire as he lay in a foxhole -- seems visibly glad that the action is over. Some of...
    • Fred Toelle at work

    • 1945
    • Italy and Southern France
    • The artist Fred Toelle, who painted the large murals depicted in this collection of photographs. Fred, a classical fine artist, was very slow and deliberate, making many sketches then a small-scale painting of each subject. His assignment was not...
    • Children, Italy

    • 1945
    • Italy and Southern France
    • The children universally liked American soldiers; we returned the feeling by saving up candy and food from our rations and sharing with the kids. It was not unusual for the first soldiers to occupy an area -- almost immediately upon arrival -- to...
    • Children, Italy

    • 1945
    • Italy and Southern France
    • The children universally liked American soldiers; we returned the feeling by saving up candy and food from our rations and sharing with the kids. It was not unusual for the first soldiers to occupy an area -- almost immediately upon arrival -- to...
    • Erecting tents for the 8th Evacuation Hospital

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • Depicted here is just one of many moves this hospital made up the Italian Peninsula as the fighting progressed. A huge complex, it could nonetheless be picked up, transported, and then returned to operation within two days.

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