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Melvin C. Shaffer World War II Photographs

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    • 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...
    • Col. Edward "Pete" Churchill, Epinal, France, 1945

    • 1945
    • Italy and Southern France
    • Colonel Edward "Pete" Churchill, Chief of Surgery for the Mediterranean Theater of operations is pictured here in Epinal, France during the final push across France and Southern Germany. Dr. Churchill, Professor of Surgery at Harvard and an...
    • Berlin, parade ground, 1945

    • 1945
    • Germany
    • Films of Hitler's forces goose-stepping in this great plaza were very fresh in our minds as we strolled this entire area, talking about and reviewing what each of us remembered from those pre-war films of Nazi Germany. It was here that Hitler first...
    • Parade ground, Berlin, 1945

    • 1945
    • Germany
    • Films of Hitler's forces goose-stepping in this great plaza were very fresh in our minds as we strolled this entire area, talking about and reviewing what each of us remembered from those pre-war films of Nazi Germany. It was here that Hitler...
    • The Tempelhof, Berlin, 1945

    • 1945
    • Germany
    • Housing near the Tempelhof airport, which had survived the devastation of war and was taken over by the US military for its personnel. [M.C.S.] [paragraph] In 1948, during the Berlin Airlift (a.k.a,"Operation Vittles", this same airport was used...
    • Attending the opera in Naples, 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • It was not unusual to be at the "front" during the early part of the Italian campaign, only to retreat late in the day and return to Naples to attend the opera or engage in some other activity that had nothing to do with the war. On the morning of...
    • Mt. Vesuvius

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • Mt. Vesuvius seen during eruption, 1944. This farmland was near the northwestern sector.
    • Old fort / palace, Rabat, Morocco, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • Remains of an old fortress / palace near Rabat, Morocco, September, 1943. Rabat itself was founded in the 12th century by 'Abd al-Mu'min as a riba t (camp). It was at this camp that the first Almohad ruler quartered the troops he had amassed for...
    • 8th Evacuation Hospital, Pietramala, Italy, Winter 1944 / 1945

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • The 8th Evacuation Hospital -- manned by a unit from the University of Virginia -- at the Pietramala location, about 40 miles north of Florence. The photograph was made from atop a mountain to the west of the Hospital. The highway shown is one of...
    • The ruins of the Abbey at Monte Cassino, 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • The Abbey at Monte Cassino (the Abbazia di Montecassino), bombed into rubble by the Allied forces, only to make ideal cover for the German troops who rapidly re-entered the Abbey after the bombing. As a result, the Allies attempted again to "take"...
    • Liberty ship, November 1945

    • 1945
    • Italy and Southern France
    • The best sight of all: the rigging of a liberty ship on the way home. This ship had been used for hauling mules to Italy, said mules to be employed for ammunition carrying in the Apennines. The ship had during that year-long term of this...
    • Village of Bou Saada, Algeria, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • The city of Bou Saada, about one hundred miles southeast of Algiers. The population during my stay was nearly 100-percent Arabic, with a few French Foreign Legion forces in the area. Probably because of the Foreign Legion, the city was best known...
    • Mt. Vesuvius at night, eruption of 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • The fury of the volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius was more apparent at night when lava flow could nearly always be seen, a pattern of outcroppings that changed nightly. Here the front is advancing towards Naples. This flow occurred irregularly...

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