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Melvin C. Shaffer World War II Photographs

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    • Algiers, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • A view of the city of Algiers, December, 1943, taken from the El Biar section. An interesting custom prevailed here. On weekends, Jewish families would sit along the road with their eldest daughter pushed to the front. Mothers would call out to the...
    • Evacuation hospital near Cassino

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • Another view of the hospital described elsewhere. The sound of fighting in and around Cassino could be heard and smoke from mortar and artillery fire could clearly be seen as I made this photo from a small artillery-spotting plane.
    • French woman bicycling through the invasion of Southern France, 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • At the very height of the invasion of Southern France I was lying behind a sandbank, occasionally sticking my head up to take advantage of every photographic opportunity that might make itself available. On one occasion I glimpsed this French...
    • Morning call to prayer, Bou Saada, Algeria, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • His voice was loud and clear, his prayer long enough for me to get up and make an emergency trip to get his photograph. He then invited me into the Mosque to witness but not photograph the morning service. Activity began in earnest in the village...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Small girls in the Medina, Rabat, September 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • These are probably children of the Berber families who do not follow the Moslem custom of the veil and sequestering of the female. To the contrary; both men and women were outgoing, friendly, and clearly the backbone of the labor force in Morocco,...

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