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Melvin C. Shaffer World War II Photographs

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    • Unidentified neighborhood, Germany, 1945

    • 1945
    • Germany
    • Frequently there was evidence of sporadic military destruction in the midst of otherwise intact areas. This was especially true in civil housing areas.
    • In the Italian Alps near Santa Cristina, Summer 1945

    • 1945
    • Italy and Southern France
    • This very beautiful area shows no outward effects of the war. While most publications highlighting Europe during WWII featured the war-torn areas, most of Europe except for Germany and London showed very little effect of the war. At the time,...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Well and washing ground, Casablanca, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • Clothes-washing was done both in streams and at the well. These ladies were busy with the family wash, showing great teamwork. One brought up the water while another scrubbed and beat the cloth. To dry the clothing, they simply laid it on the...
    • Medicine salesman, Algiers, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • A medicine man in the Medina, Algiers, November 1943. His collection included antler, animal skin, snakeskin, ostrich egg and ostrich egg shell, dried lizard (a favorite among medicine men through the Moslem world at that time), roots, some spices...
    • Unidentified street, the Medina, Algiers, November 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • The Medina, the oldest part of the city, was built on the slope of a landmass rising from the sea. Without sewer or water systems, it represented an undesirable place to live; the disease rate was high and the atmosphere unpleasant. At this time in...

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