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    • Streetcars in Algiers, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • Somehow, the trolley cars were kept running in Algiers. Not different from those in use in the United States at the time, the trolleys were the only transportation available to the local people within the city. November, 1943.
    • Streetcar, Algiers, November 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • The streetcar that ran along the coastal road the entire length of the city of Algiers. The cars were nearly always full with passengers clinging to the sides, pushing, and shoving. But the system always seemed to work, not much different than...
    • Christmas Card, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • A Christmas card designed by Hooker Goodwin, a medical artist with our unit. This was reproduced and used by thousands of troops at Christmas, 1943.
    • Rue D'Isly near the post office, Algiers, December 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • There had been no German air raids for a few weeks, blackout restrictions were lifted and traffic, mostly military and streetcars, ran with lights. Streets were also illuminated and there appeared to be no requirement to maintain a blackout -- this...
    • 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 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...
    • 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.
    • Moving casualties to the hospital ship, Southern France, 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • Here a landing craft approaches the hospital ship (the "Shamrock", a United States vessel) with patients on army litters. Having collected my usual contingent of casualties in order to photograph the progress of their treatment, I returned to the...
    • Invasion beach, Southern France

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • This photo, taken a few hours after the invasion, shows a reasonably tranquil scene, the force -- the Third Division of the United States Army -- having moved inland in pursuit of the relatively small German contingent defending the beaches. This...
    • Landing craft / casualty transport, Southern France, August 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • Here a landing craft approaches the hospital ship (the "Shamrock", a United States vessel) with patients on army litters. Having collected my usual contingent of casualties in order to photograph the progress of their treatment, I returned to the...

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